We are a little late getting to this storyin the Columbus Dispatch that ran on Monday, but it does not lessen the “hay-maker” effect of this story on Mary Jo Kilroy and her congressional campaign. Here are some of the highlights:
“What commissioners say they didn’t know is that the union company they hired was forced by a court in Pennsylvania last year to pay $48,568 in pension benefits and attorney fees to a worker the company had shorted while he was on military duty in Iraq.“
So, does Mary Jo Kilroy hate Iraq Vets or does she just like companies that try to cheat Iraq vets out of money they are due? (Yes, I am being snarky)
“Prosecutors said William Tomko Jr. dodged paying $225,000 in taxes by laundering bills for his home through his company. The 8,000-square-foot mansion sits on 8 acres and has a home theater, $1.8 million in furnishings and $81,000 in fine art.”
Best part is that this guy billed school districts for the work done on his house. Does Mary Jo Kilroy support that too?
Ok, I want everyone to look at the following excerpts from the article attributed to Mary Jo Kilroy and her colleague Paula Brooks:
Mary Jo Kilroy: “I’m sorry to hear this,” Kilroy said, expressing surprise that no one else found the case, given the amount of information being tossed at commissioners. “I would expect that on this (ballpark) job, there should be close monitoring on pension, on prevailing wages and on health care.”
Paula Brooks: Commissioner Paula Brooks, who voted against the Tomko contract, said she was aware of the tax charges against William Tomko Jr. but not the pension lawsuit.
“I Googled him and was appalled,” she said.
She said she also knew about a Tomko employee who died on the job in an accident.
“And now, to hear about this,” she said. “This poor worker was doing his duty, putting his life in harm’s way, doing his job in Iraq, and he gets ripped off by his employer.”
Brooks said she agrees “with my two other colleagues that we have to protect workers and uphold prevailing wage. But you have to use common sense. We have to protect our corporate sponsors who are putting money up to build the stadium.”
Wow! Nice work Commissioner Brooks. Bravo on not-so-subtle backhand to Mary Jo Kilroy.
Later on it mentions this: Meanwhile, the county has told another nonunion contractor that it plans to reject its low bid for work on the ballpark, again citing the contracting standards. The Painting Co., based in Plain City, didn’t pay prevailing wages.
Then the lawyer for The Painting Company replies: “If ever Franklin County taxpayers wanted to know that the county commissioners were trying to enforce a union-only agreement by underhanded agreements, then this is it, plain and simple,” Mason said. “Hopefully, they will see the error of their ways and stop.”
Man, this is the story that keeps on giving!