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News of an FBI inquiry is the latest challenge facing Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, as he finishes his final year as House speaker. Vying to replace him are former speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, and Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith, R-Gallipolis.
An upstart blog — Third Rail Politics — is peppering Team Rosenberger with public records requests, posting “rumor alerts” under headlines such as “Is the House GOP Caucus in Trouble?” and criticizing Rosenberger’s spending.
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Rosenberger has also faced embarrassing news reports over a handful of Republican caucus members, including Wes Retherford of Hamilton being found passed out drunk in his truck in a McDonald’s drive through, Wes Goodman of Cardington resigning in November after being confronted about reports that he had sexual contact with a man in his Riffe Center office and a complaint by Republican challenger Jocelyn Smith about the alleged behavior about her opponent, incumbent state Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek.
Rosenberger, an Air Force veteran and a 2012 Wright State University graduate, has not disclosed what his employment plans are when he leaves office in December.