Many of Joe Biden’s most-important words, from his Jan. 20 inaugural address to State of the Union addresses, will flow from the mind and keyboard of an Ohioan.
The Democrat president-elect announced last week that Vinay Reddy, a Dayton native who broke in his skills writing scripts for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will serve as White House speechwriting director.
Reddy grew up the middle of three sons of Indian-American immigrants, earning his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his law degree from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow writes.
He and Biden have a lot of history. Reddy served as Biden’s chief speech writer during his second term as vice president to President Barack Obama, as deputy speechwriter for the Obama-Biden 2012 re-election campaign and now is speechwriter for the Biden-Harris transition. His prior speechwriting stints also included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Reddy most recently was vice president of strategic communications for the National Basketball Association, He and his wife and two daughters live in New York.
House Bill 6 racketeering case moving slowly in federal court
The criminal corruption case against former Republican Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and two others continues to move slowly through the legal process, with a continuance granted until mid-March.
A Monday status conference in federal court in Columbus, conducted via telephone because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, noted that prosecutors “continue to supplement the voluminous discovery as additional items become available,” Dispatch reporter Marc Kovac found.
The court docket noted the complexity of the case in granting additional time for attorneys on both sides to review the evidence in advance of further proceedings.
Felony racketeering charges are pending against Householder, lobbyist Neil Clark and former Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges in what prosecutors rank among the largest public corruption scandals in state history. The charges allege that Householder and others used dark money from FirstEnergy and related entities to bankroll the campaigns of his supporters and block referendum efforts to overturn House Bill 6, the nuclear bailout law.
Two others charged in the case, Householder aide Jeffrey Longstreth and lobbyist Juan Cespedes, pleaded guilty in late October.
Monday’s court docket entry was similar to a September entry, which noted that prosecutors had “provided the defense with two rounds of voluminous discovery to date and is awaiting receipt of additional discovery from third parties. Upon preparation and/or receipt of additional discovery, the government will continue expeditiously to process, organize, and make such discovery available to the defense on a rolling basis.
The next status conference is now set for March 11.
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