(Toledo, OH) Bernadette Noe, the wife of indicted coin dealer and Republican fundraiser Tom Noe, issued the following statement today (reprinted from Toledo Free Press website):
"This is a very sad and difficult day for me and Tom, our children, my parents Francis "Buddy" and Jane Restivo, and the rest of the Noe and Restivo families. With long histories of public service, both families understand that some amount of media clamor and sensationalism will accompany a politically charged story such as the government's investigation of Tom Noe and his business.
"Not only are we sad for Tom today, we are fearful for him as well, because we believe he cannot get a fair and impartial trial in Lucas County, given the persistent media frenzy over the past ten months. We are astonished, for example, by the relative inattention the government and the media have shown in the MDL fiasco, which, according to media reports, cost the state over $200 million - 100 percent of its investment. Rather than focus on MDL, the media have focused on coin funds that apparently earned the state a $10 million profit.
"When the power of the government is brought to bear on a person, the pressure and stress is crushing. We are saddened by the events of the past ten months and the prospect of Tom facing a long and contentious legal battle. I will continue to focus on raising our children and my job as a state guardian ad litem for abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Our family's thoughts and prayers continue to be with Tom."