The Delaware County Republican Central Committee voted Thursday to rescind its endorsement of Sheriff Walter Davis.
The 65-8 vote came after allegations that Davis used county money for an out-of-state rendezvous with one of his deputies, 10TV’s Jason Frazer reported.
The vote means that Davis cannot receive party funds or use any campaign literature that says he is supported by Republicans.
10 Investigates’ uncovered information on Tuesday that Davis used the money to go to an out-of-state hotel where Deputy Janine Senanayake was staying.
10 Investigates also uncovered that Davis and the same deputy had been showing up during evenings at a Delaware County condo that neither owned.
Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation currently is investigating the allegations.
Republican Central Committee Chairman Bob Mann said that he planned to meet with Davis next week to get his side of the story.
Committee members said that they could vote to reinstate the endorsement pending the BCI investigation, Frazer reported.
Party officials said that it was too late for another Republican to run for sheriff because the primary had passed, but the Republican Party could support an independent in the general election, Frazer reported.
Davis issued a response Thursday night about the committee’s ruling.
"I am disappointed that my fellow Delaware County Republican Central Committee members would rescind their endorsement in response to unproven allegations and without affording me the opportunity to address their concerns prior to the vote. I am fully cooperating with the Bureau of Investigation and will continue to serve the citizens of Delaware County as their sheriff,” Davis wrote.
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