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Heavy hitters turn up the pressure on state lawmakers as Ohio energy bill approaches key vote

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COLUMBUS — “Paduchik’s foray into a state-government issue particularly raised eyebrows in Columbus, given his close ties with the White House and the national Republican Party.

But one source said Paduchik’s pitch was focused on policy, including the possible economic impact of closing the plants, rather than politics.

In an interview, Paduchik said he’s advocating for the bill as a private citizen with a personal interest in energy issues, and not on behalf of the White House or for an industry group. Paduchik, who also has longstanding ties to DeWine and Sen. Rob Portman, previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy and at a national professional association for the coal-fueled power generation industry.

‘People ask me for my advice and opinion on things on politics, but they also ask me for my advice and opinion on electricity and power issues,’ he said. ‘Honestly, I think diversity in electricity generation is a strength in this nation, and I’m concerned that we lose that in Ohio if we shut down these two plants.’”

— Andrew J. Tobias, Cleveland.com

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