COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents of a bill turning back Ohio’s alternative energy targets are alleging the Senate utilities chairman has disrespected and offended witnesses during hearings on the measure.
A combat veteran who works for the Sierra Club wrote a letter of complaint about Republican Sen. Bill Seitz (syts) to the Senate president. He says Seitz mocked the Bataan Death March in which 650 American soldiers were killed and spoke in a German accent while speaking of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
Other witnesses say Seitz walked out on a clergy member and pretended to shoot himself in the head when listening to the state’s watchdog for utility consumers.
Seitz, of Cincinnati, says opponents are taking him out of context. He says he’s allowed many hours of opponent testimony on the bill.