Ohio Republican Arrested On Racketeering Charges Ran On “Christian Conservative” Status

Larry Householder ran for office on right-wing positions on guns and abortion, but he also ran on his Christian conservativism. Now, he’s been arrested on charges in a $60 million bribery and conspiracy case.

Larry Householder arrested on bribery
[Screenshot via Larry Householder/YouTube]

Below, see Larry Householder’s campaign ad from 2018. “I’m a pro-gun, pro-life Christian conservative,” he says, before claiming there’s a plot by a ‘dark money group’ to run ads against him. One of these ads can briefly be seen on a television screen — Householder’s face with the words “lying Larry Householder” beneath it — before he takes aim at the tv with a rifle and fires.

According to Cincinnati Enquirer, Federal officials arrested Householder and four others Tuesday morning, including Householder’s advisor Jeffrey Longstreth, former Ohio Republican party chair Matthew Borges, lobbyist Neil Clark, and Juan Cespedes, an Ohio Civil Rights Commissioner appointed by John Kasich.

A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney David DeVillers’ office described the group of arrestees as “an Ohio official and associates,” and said they were being charged in a “public corruption racketeering conspiracy involving $60 million.”

A press conference is expected Tuesday afternoon to release further details of the case, charges, and the involvement of government officials.

According to Dispatch, it’s not the first time Householder has been under scrutiny. He had previously been elected as a state representative, starting his first term in 1997 and serving until 2004, when he left at the end of his term under an ethics investigation. He was House Speaker for the Ohio House of Representatives for the last four years of that term. He ran again and resumed office in 2016.

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