Ohio Rep. John Becker wants Ohio AG Dave Yost to resign, apologize for bullying

Ohio Rep. John Becker wants Ohio AG Dave Yost to resign, apologize for bullying
Rep. John Becker says Ohio AG Dave Yost should resign. (Source: Provided/Ohio House)

CINCINNATI (Enquirer) - COLUMBUS - Clermont County Rep. John Becker says Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost should resign after apologizing to the people of Ohio for bullying and intimidation, according to our media partners at the Enquirer.

It’s the latest in an ever-escalating, intra-party dispute between Becker, R-Union Township, and fellow Republicans, including Yost and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Becker first tried to impeach and later criminally charge DeWine for how the GOP governor handled the state’s novel coronavirus crisis. Becker says DeWine’s approach of closing businesses, polling locations and schools amounted to a dictatorship.

But when Clermont County Prosecutor Vincent Faris, also a Republican, declined to prosecute DeWine for a slew of offenses including terrorism, Becker asked the 12th District Court of Appeals to force Faris to investigate the claims.

That’s when Yost stepped in, asking the appeals court judges to sanction Becker for wasting Faris' time. But Becker said he couldn’t be sanctioned in this type of case, and Yost was simply bullying him.

In a court filing, Becker’s attorney asked the court to sanction Yost instead, saying the attorney general acted in bad faith to “harass, intimidate and bully” Becker.

“The only thing that makes any sense about (attorney general) Yost’s brief, and his visions of werewolves, is that it appears to have been written during an extended happy hour,” Becker said in a Monday news release.

On Monday, Becker called on Yost to resign immediately because of abuse of power, incompetence, making a mockery of the court and “reducing the office of attorney general to the laughing stock of the state.”

“Yost should meet with parents and children forced to suffer the humiliation, indignity and potential harms of wearing face coverings in school,” Becker said in a Monday news release. “It has become abundantly clear that (attorney general) Yost’s overriding priority is to shelter Gov. DeWine from the people and the courts rather than uphold the rule of law and his oath of office.”

When asked about Becker’s demand, Yost laughed, a spokeswoman told The Enquirer.

Copyright 2020 Cincinnati Enquirer. All rights reserved.