When Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder came to the Republican Caucus with this one, there had to have been raised eyebrows and whispers of “What the hell is this?”
Twenty-two year-old Chrissie Hagan of Alliance has been selected to the join the ranks of job creators and economic developers among Ohio House Republicans.
Hagan replaces former Rep. Todd Snitchler who was recently selected by Gov. John Kasich to lead the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s board.
Hagan’s economic development chops are undisputed – by Speaker Batch:
”We are very fortunate to have someone like Christina Hagan in our caucus,” Batchelder said in a prepared statement. ”Her passion for serving the community and her philosophy of reducing government spending and helping bring jobs back to Ohio are qualities that we are eager to welcome into our caucus.”
When she’s not in class at Malone University, Hagan is a server at an undisclosed restaurant in Jackson Twp. in Stark County according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Just 3 1/2 years ago, Hagan was crowned the 48th Carnation Queen at the Alliance Carnation Festival. Adding to her impressive resume that year, she was also named Miss Congeniality.
Chrissy is the daughter of former State Rep. John Hagan. Chrissy also apparently needed a job. Cap Square insiders say that these two factors – along with Hagan’s experience as Carnation Queen – helped her to edge out the competition. Also recommended by the Stark County Republican Party to Batchelder were a hospital executive and a city councilman.
Sources also report that the fact Chrissy majors in Business at Malone weighed heavily in her favor.
If this is how Batchelder makes decisions, God, help us all.