Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Closing its headquarters at Bridgewater Falls Shopping Center in August has caught up with the Butler County GOP.
Bridgewater Falls Station LLC sued the political party for $39,704.31 Dec. 18 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, saying the local GOP broke its lease.
Dave Kern, who resigned as executive chairman of the GOP a day before the suit was filed, has said he moved the office to a member’s trucking company to save money. The five-year lease at Bridgewater was signed in 2009, before Kern was appointed to lead the party in 2010.
Some party members lately had accused Kern, a tea party activist and longtime Liberty Township trustee, of keeping the GOP’s failing finances secret.
Kern has denied the allegations and said he quit because he was sick of party infighting.
Damages sought in the Bridgewater lawsuit include $10,898.48 in rent through December, as well as $28,805.83 in interest, attorney fees and rent through 2014.