Friday, June 16, 2000

Ex-aide issues polygraph challenge

Councilwoman, consultant scrap over $20,000 fee

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — A campaign consultant who says Councilwoman Betty Davis owes him $20,000 has challenged the longtime politician to take a lie-detector test to validate his claim.

        Don Gingerich of Springboro, senior adviser of Gin gerich & Associates, sent a letter this week to Ms. Davis, a former Mason mayor, asking her to submit to a polygraph to prove she hired him to run her recent campaign for state representative. Mr. Gingerich claims the 19-year council veteran promised to pay him $20,000, plus expenses.

        “She's made no attempt to resolve this issue and she's still denying what she owes,” he said. “Now if she would like to take a polygraph test stating she didn't hire me, I'd be glad to do that.”

        Ms. Davis called the suggestion that she take a lie-detector test laughable.

        “My first reaction was to laugh because it was so ridiculous,” she said. “In his letter, Don threatened that things would get unpleasant if I didn't pay. ... I won't be blackmailed.”

        But she will appear before the Ohio Elections Commission next month. Mr. Gin gerich filed a complaint with the state board in May claiming that Ms. Davis failed to report more than $30,000 in unpaid campaign expenses in her post-campaign expense report to the Warren County Board of Elections.

        The hearing scheduled for 10:30 a.m. July 6 is one of 45 cases the board will hear that day.

        “If Don truly has a problem, what he needs to do is file a (lawsuit) and let's go to court on this thing,” said Ms. Davis.

        Mr. Gingerich said he has an attorney and will probably file suit within the next week or week and a half.

        Mr. Gingerich, who has been managing campaigns — mostly for congressional candidates — since 1965, says Ms. Davis agreed to an oral contract for his services, but after losing the Republican primary in March refused to pay the consulting fee.

        Ms. Davis maintains that he was a volunteer in her campaign and that a monetary arrangement was never discussed. She added she attempted to pay Mr. Ginger ich some money for mileage, phone and printing expenses.

        However, he refused to cash her check.

        “That's because she marked it paid-in-full, which it wasn't,” said Mr. Gingerich. “

        “If I would have cashed it, it would have been acknowledging that she owed me nothing else, when the truth is she owes me much more than that. She obviously acknowledges that she owes some money or she wouldn't have sent a check in the first place.”


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