(Columbus, OH) Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, who is running for governor, said he discovered he owns shares in voting machine manufacturer Diebold while preparing a required filing for the Ohio Ethics Commission.
"While I was unaware of this stock in my portfolio, its mere presence may be viewed as a conflict and is therefore not acceptable," Blackwell said in his filing.
Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Brian Rothenberg wasted little time in blasting Blackwell with both rhetorical barrels.
"If Ken Blackwell didn't know how his own money was being spent, why would the people of Ohio think he would be a good steward of their checkbook?" he said
The candidate will not profit from his 178 shares, which Blackwell purchased at $53.67 per share in January 2005.
That did not stop Blackwell's Republican opponent from piling on. Bob Paduchik, a spokesman for Attorney General Jim Petro, called for additional investigation "considering Ken Blackwell's history with Diebold."