By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer
HAMILTON - Ohio Sen. Scott Nein wants to change the name of the Michael A. Fox Highway to the Butler County Veterans Highway to honor county residents who have served in the military.
Nein said Friday he plans to introduce state legislation next week to change the name of the 11-mile highway linking Interstate 75 and Hamilton.
Nein, of Middletown, has been a vocal critic of Fox, a fellow Republican, and is co-chairing the campaign committee of Greg Jolivette, a Republican state representative who is trying to unseat Fox.
But Nein denied that his name-change proposal is intended as a swipe at Fox.
"I have always wanted to name that particular road in honor of all Butler County veterans," he said. "That is one of the most visible roads in the county."
Nein said he doesn't believe any taxpayer-financed building or road should be named after a politician who is still in office.
Fox could not be reached for comment.
The Butler County Transportation Improvement District, created by state legislation initiated by Fox, managed the $158 million highway project.
The county agency named the highway after Fox because of his work on the project during his 22 years as a state representative.
"That road was not paid for by any politician," Nein said. "It was paid for by taxpayers. Many people were involved in getting that highway done."
Ned Riegert, a past commander of VFW Post 1069 in Fairfield said he supports the name change.
"Anything that honors the veterans is very good for us," he said. "I'm much in favor of it."
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