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Leaked voicemails show Seneca County GOP chairwoman bashing Bill Reineke before endorsing him

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TIFFIN, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — Months before leadership of the Seneca County Republican Party asked its committee members for a unanimous vote to endorse current State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin)’s bid for the Ohio Senate, the local party chairwoman admitted in now-leaked voicemails that the deck was being stacked against Reineke’s conservative challenger, Melissa Ackison (R-Marysville) all along.

In the voicemails, Seneca County Republican Party Woman’s Chair, Vanessa Treft, said she was going to resign from the committee over their objections to members supporting Ackison’s bid for Ohio Senate.

“Just wanted to let you know, I am resigning from central committee because of all the sh*t that they’re saying and doing to me for posting your video,” Treft said to Melissa Ackison in April. “Which puts me in a better position, because now I’m gonna promote the f*ck out of you.”


Treft then went on to discuss Reineke’s attempts to insert an anti-wind energy referendum into the controversial nuclear & coal bailout bill, House Bill 6.

Treft admitted that Reineke is only being an “anti-wind crusader” because it’s campaign time for him.

“He’s only doing this because it’s campaign time for him, and he’s running for another office,” Treft said of Reineke.

In another voicemail, Treft brought up controversial Fremont pastor Gary Click, who is reportedly considering a run for Reineke’s state representative seat should he win the Senate primary. Click made news last week when he got in the face of Ackison and berated her at the Union County Fairgrounds, all on video.

“[Click] is only doing all this bullsh*t for his own personal gain, and I’m f*cking tired of it,” Treft said.


Ackison, a small business owner and conservative activist from Marysville, is running to represent the 26th district in the Ohio Senate. Ackison is facing off against State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) in the race for the seat being vacated by term-limited Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville).

The GOP primary fight for the 26th district Ohio Senate seat is expected to be one of the most brutal primary fights in Ohio state legislative history.

The district includes all or part of Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Morrow, Marion, and Union counties, a district that Ms. Ackison referred to as “God’s country.”

Ackison ran unsuccessfully for the Republican Party’s nomination in 2018 in hopes of going head-to-head with Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. She placed third in the primary with 13 percent of the vote as then-U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci picked up the endorsement of the party’s campaign apparatus, losing miserably in the general election.

Attempts to reach out to Treft regarding the voicemails were unsuccessful.

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