Rob Scott

Kettering councilman: Effort to remove me over Trump vote ‘sour grapes’

Attorney says Rob Scott should step down for serving as elector while on council

The Kettering councilman who cast his Electoral College vote for Donald Trump said an effort to remove him from office is “complete sour grapes.”

A Cleveland-based attorney filed a letter with Kettering’s law director Thursday demanding Councilman Rob Scott — the first staff member of Trump’s Ohio campaign and deputy campaign manager in Ohio — be removed from office since he served as a member of the Electoral College.

The Chandra Law Firm, on behalf of Kettering resident John J. Murphy, argues that by serving as an elector he violated the Kettering City Charter provision against council members holding two offices — something Scott flatly denied when reached by this news organization.

“President-elect Trump is going to be the next president and there isn’t a single thing anyone is able to do about it,” Scott said, minutes after reading the letter. “The elector position is a temporary position … Again, this boils down to sour grapes.”

Scott assumed the role as an elector after state Rep. Christina Hagan stepped down in response to a legal challenge from the same firm.

Scott, founder of the Dayton Tea Party and former Montgomery County Republican Party chair, said it was an honor to step in for Hagan.

“To actually see It happen and get those 18 electoral votes, it was great gratification for me,” Scott said after casting his vote.

The councilman said he is working on planning Trump’s inauguration, but plans to stay in Ohio long-term.

A 2000 graduate of Kettering Fairmont High School, Scott worked as a copy editor and reporter at the Dayton Daily News during his undergraduate years in college.

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