Editorial – Adams’ Junkets Make Huffman An Easy Pick

Remember the game, “Where’s Waldo?” We’re wondering, “Where’s John?”

The number of votes that John Adams missed during his eight years in the Ohio House is mind-boggling when compared to that of Matt Huffman.

• Huffman, of Lima, missed just one vote during those eight years.

• Adams, of Sidney, missed 122 votes, including 44 during his last two years in office when he made $76,169 a year.

The voting record separates these two staunch conservatives when Republicans mark their ballot Tuesday in Ohio’s 12th Senate District race. Who ever wins the GOP contest will be the next state senator as no Democrat is running in the primary.

That makes Huffman an easy choice.

Adams’ explanation on why he missed so many days is as disappointing as the attacks he made on Huffman during the campaign, wrongly claming the Lima lawyer is an “establishment” candidate who yields to the power of Columbus lobbyists.

Adams downplayed his voting record, saying the only days he could recall missing were those when he had hip and knee surgeries and also when he accompanied legislative delegations on trips to Turkey and Israel. It turns out Adams may have a short memory in the number of junkets he’s taken as well as his own ties to lobbyists.

A white paper authored by Common Cause, Progress Ohio and People for the American Way put a spotlight on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), examining how corporate special interests help write Ohio laws.

It called ALEC a “one-stop shop” for corporations looking to meet legislators who could get special interest legislation introduced and passed. Adams was called “one of the most engaged ALEC members in the country.” In 2009-10, Adams took part in six all-expense-paid trips to luxuryresorts to be wined and dined alongside corporate lobbyists and prospective donors. Following a trip to San Diego, he wrote a thank you letter to the lobbying firm Sean P. Dunn & Associates, noting “my desire is that the Ohio Legislature will pass and repeal laws to make Ohio a much more business friendly state.”

Adams may try to assert nothing was wrong with these trips, claiming it is like-minded people sharing like-minded ideas – most of which are core principals of the Republican Party. But he’s walking a tight rope. If the intention of these trips have nothing to do with buying influence, then why not hold the meetings at hotels in Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo or Buffalo instead of resorts in San Diego, San Francisco, Israel or Turkey? There are too many hidden agendas, too many potential land mines, when one mixes business with pleasure.

Allen County residents know Matt Huffman.

They’ve watched him successfully negotiate change, deal with complex issues and build alliances during his 14 years on City Council and eight years in the legislature. It doesn’t surprise them to hear Huffman will have knocked on around 10,000 doors by the time his senate campaign ends, introducing himself to residents in Shelby, Champaign, Auglaize, Logan and Darke counties. He’s always been known for his hard work.

Both Huffman and Adams are pro life, strong believers in smaller government, local control and the Second Amendment.

The big difference between the two is one stays home to vote while the other enjoys doing business on junkets.