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Whaley Blasts DeWine For Failing To Deal With Statehouse Corruption

Dayton Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Nan Whaley speaks in front of the Ohio Statehouse while Rep. Alison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) from left to right, Rep Willis Blackshear Jr, (D-Dayton) and Rep Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland).
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Dayton Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Nan Whaley speaks in front of the Ohio Statehouse while Rep. Alison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) from left to right, Rep Willis Blackshear Jr, (D-Dayton) and Rep Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland).

The election for governor is more than a year away but the Democrat who plans to challenge Mike DeWine is blasting him now for failing to rein in the nuclear power plant bailout scandal that has rocked the Statehouse since last July.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley blasted Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and the Republicans who control the legislature and nearly all of state government for failing to clean up the corruption associated with House Bill 6.

“They have personally benefitted from this pay-to-play culture and are too weak to stand up to it," Whaley said.

Whaley said she would put a plan in place on day one that includes more transparency of donations and a public accountability commission to investigate corruption.

In a statement, the Ohio Republican Party says Republicans are focused getting Ohioans back to work. The party also suggested Whaley do more to deal with corruption in Dayton City Hall, something Whaley said she has done.