Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rumor has it - but "not interested" in ODNR director's job, says one

A rumble of rumors has set off the state's political seismic machinery, focusing on who governor-elect John Kasich will appoint as the new director for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

One frequently mentioned person for that hot-seat posting is state Rep. Danny Bubp (R-88) of Adams County.

Bubp also is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves as well as an attorney and former judge. Among those who've worked for Bubp is current Brown County prosecutor Jessica Little who is prosecuting charges against five felony-indicted Ohio Division of Wildlife officials.

Just one problem about the Bubp rumor. He's not interested; instead saying he owes it to his constituents to serve as their state representative, having won in November with no Democrat opposition.

While Bubp will be sworn in next week for his forth and final term-limited stint as a state representative. Then he'll begin traveling the road that leads to the state senate.

Thus, Bubp said today, he's flattered by all of the attention but he's happy where he is at, especially now that the Republicans are back in command of the Ohio House.

"I've heard that rumor too and also for that of Veterans Affairs and State Adjutant General but I'm telling people that I'll be sworn in for my forth term," Bubp said.

Simple put, Bubp said also, leaving the legislature for an administrative post would not be fair to those people who voted for him with the expectation he'd serve their interests in Columbus.

"I have a lot of respect for the governor-elect and I'm sure whoever he picks will make a wonderful (ODNR) director," Bubp said.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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