Columbus, OH — In case you missed it, the Cincinnati Enquirer did a deep dive on Frank LaRose, once again highlighting that voters never know which Frank LaRose they’re going to get. On issues ranging from redistricting to election fraud to impeaching a Supreme Court Chief Justice, the only thing that we know about Frank LaRose for sure is that he’s a political phony with no principles who’ll do or say anything to help himself.
“[A]s he faces a primary challenge from the right this year, LaRose has danced around impeaching Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, blamed Democrats for primary election chaos and taken an increasingly pessimistic view on legislative mapmaking,” writes Laura Bischoff of USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau.
“Each time LaRose speaks out of both sides of his mouth, it’s clear the only Ohioan he’s looking out for is himself. Instead of doing his job and standing up for Ohio voters, he’s laser-focused on running a losing Senate campaign in two years,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Matt Keyes.Read more about when and where LaRose changed his stance here and below:
- But as he faces a primary challenge from the right this year, LaRose has danced around impeaching Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, blamed Democrats for primary election chaos and taken an increasingly pessimistic view on legislative mapmaking.
- LaRose tried to strike a statesman-like tone in August as he faced one of the most politically charged assignments of his career – craft congressional and state legislative district maps that abide by new rules in the Ohio Constitution.
- But at every turn, the Ohio Redistricting Commission, of which LaRose is a member, failed to reach a bipartisan agreement. Delays, disagreements and court challenges on the maps have created chaos, uncertainty and forced Ohio to have two primary elections.
- Six months after LaRose called for statesmanship, Ohio’s chief elections official threw up his hands in frustration, blamed the Supreme Court and said he wouldn’t oppose impeaching O’Connor.
- Following the 2020 election, LaRose praised Donald Trump’s decisive win in Ohio but conceded that Joe Biden won the presidency. “Under the rules in place, President Biden won,” LaRose said in December 2020.
- In an April 2022 interview when asked if Biden won, LaRose said the Democrat got 270 electoral votes, which was accepted by Congress and Biden is commander in chief.
- In 2019, when he referred for investigation 77 cases of potential voter fraud, LaRose said voter fraud and suppression are both “exceedingly rare and certainly not as systemic as some claim.”
- Then in 2022, after sending 62 cases of illegal voting to investigators, LaRose took a more alarmist tone. On Feb. 3, LaRose tweeted: “The alleged voter fraud uncovered by my office and referred for prosecution this week is ONLY THE BEGINNING. This is one of MANY investigations.”
- Forty-two ballots represent 0.0007% of the 5.9 million ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election in Ohio. LaRose said his Feb. 3 tweet was in response to a CNN report on the referral of potential voter fraud that painted it as a non-issue.
Ohio Democrats Bringing “Cost of Corruption” Tour to Cleveland
Cleveland, OH — Tomorrow, Ohio Democrats are bringing the “Cost of Corruption” tour to Cleveland to highlight the high costs Ohioans are paying for GOP corruption under Mike DeWine’s leadership. Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters, Ohio Attorney General candidate Jeff Crossman and Rep. Juanita Brent, newly–elected President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, will draw the contrast between the high cost of Republican corruption and the Democratic plan to invest in working families and put the interests of working Ohioans first.
Ohioans are paying BILLIONS of dollars for GOP corruption at Mike DeWine’s statehouse, including:
- $287,000 every single day for subsidies that bail out an out-of-state coal plant and are tied to the largest public corruption scandal in state history. The subsidies are estimated to cost Ohioans up to $1.8 billion by 2030.
- $9 billion for special interest tax giveaways that mostly benefit for-profit corporations.
- $1.85 billion in tax breaks for the wealthy and well-connected, including wealthy GOP lawmakers who leave working Ohioans behind.
- $118 million in improper Medicaid payments made to ineligible dead or incarcerated individuals.
- $20 million promised in tax credits to Lordstown Motors, a company currently under investigation by the DOJ and SEC and that employs DeWine’s grandson as its lobbyist.
- $17.5 million settlement for a man who was paralyzed after being tackled by state prison guards.
- $9 million for the election chaos created by Republicans who refuse to pass fair maps. Their refusal to do their jobs will likely make a May 3 primary impossible, likely costing Ohioans another $20 million.
- $763,000 and counting to litigate the GOP-gerrymandered maps in court.
- $39,000 for Mike DeWine’s private airplane travel to taxpayer-funded photo ops in 2019.
At a time when Ohio families are worried about their ability to make ends meet, the last thing they should be spending their hard-earned money on is the corruption running rampant at Mike DeWine’s statehouse. Ohio Democrats are ready to offer a better way forward.
WHAT: Ohio Democrats “Cost of Corruption” Tour: Cleveland
WHO: Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters
Ohio Attorney General candidate Jeff Crossman
Representative Juanita Brent
WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Cleveland Teachers Union 279
1228 Euclid Ave. Suite 300,
Cleveland, OH 44115
RSVP: Media should email email@example.com.
With mudslinging in all directions, Ohio’s Republican Senate candidates head for the big finish
With barely two weeks left in one of the most crowded and expensive primaries in the country, Ohio’s GOP Senate candidates have ramped up their attacks on each other, with “mudslinging in all directions” creating a “hodgepodge of continuing controversy.” The race remains wide open and chaotic as the candidates go after one another in increasingly ugly fashion.
Earlier this month, even Republican operatives like Kellyanne Conway were freely admitting how this crazy primary helps Tim Ryan’s chances in November.
Cleveland.com: With mudslinging in all directions, Ohio’s Republican Senate candidates head for the big finish
Andrew Tobias and Seth Richardson
April 17, 2022
- Candidates in Ohio’s already hotly contested U.S. Senate race are turning up the heat even further, launching attacks against each other in all directions in the final days before the May 3 primary.
- A profane confrontation between Mike Gibbons and Josh Mandel last month that nearly turned physical. Comments Gibbons made during a podcast last October that suggested the middle class doesn’t pay its “fair share” of taxes. JD Vance attacking Mandel for hiding behind his Marine service. Jane Timken trying to steer the conversation toward her general election viability against Democrats. And Matt Dolan continuing to bill himself as above the fray.
- In total, the candidates have created a hodgepodge of continuing controversy with just two weeks of voting left to pick the Republican nominee to replace retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman.
- Despite the vitriol, the candidates themselves are not far apart regarding the issues, including red-meat topics like guns and abortion, with so much of their attention turned toward courting the endorsement of former President Donald J. Trump. Vance scored the endorsement on Friday, putting to end months of speculation and deflating local Republicans’ last-minute effort to block the endorsement.
- Vance might be the most significant outlier as the lone candidate who has said he does not care what happens to Ukraine – a position the other candidates have attacked him for plenty.
- New campaign ads and interviews the candidates have given over the past week with Hugh Hewitt and Steve Bannon, two conservative media figures with dramatically different world views, help reveal what the candidates are focusing on as they hit the final days before the May 3 election.
- The candidates also have spent time mudslinging in all directions and continuing their attention-grabbing antics, illustrating what appears to be a fluid race in which four or five candidates appear to have a realistic chance of winning.
- In various interviews over the past week, Mandel also has rolled out a new talking point that puts a slightly friendlier face on what’s generally been a far-right, flame-throwing campaign of grievance: the other candidates are not “bad” people but aren’t senator material.
- In a Wednesday interview with Hugh Hewitt, the conservative radio host and Ohio native with a national program, Mandel bashed other leading candidates in the race while saying he’s trying to get Trump’s endorsement.
- “All of us are doing everything we can to earn his support and earn his endorsement,” Mandel said. “I think JD Vance and Jane Timken are two of the candidates who would still lose the race even if they did get the endorsement because they’re so far behind in the polls.”
- Gibbons, who’s been of particular focus of attacks given his surprising strength in various campaign polls, tried to turn the tables on everyone launching new attacks against Timken, Vance and Mandel while defending himself against criticism over his history of making business deals in China.
- Over last weekend, Gibbons had gone on the defensive after the Associated Press published a story highlighting comments about taxes he made in October during a podcast interview with Crain’s Cleveland Business.
- Specifically, as part of a lengthy answer about economic policy, Gibbons said Democrats advance what he called a “false narrative” that the wealthy aren’t paying their fair share of taxes at the expense of the middle class.
- “The top 20% of earners in the United States pay 82% of federal income tax — and, if you do the math, and 45% to 50% don’t pay any income tax, you can see the middle class is not really paying any kind of a fair share, depending on how you want to define it,” Gibbons said.
- Gibbons also has spent time cleaning up over attacks on his business connections in China, a popular theme in the race. A recent ad bashes Mandel, the former state treasurer, for loaning “tax dollars” to “Chinese business interests.”
- Timken has heavily invoked being the only woman in the race in recent weeks. During a debate last month, she scuffled with Gibbons over previous comments he’d made that women were not oppressed and saying Timken, a Harvard-educated attorney, hadn’t held a real job before entering politics.
- Some of the attacks Timken has received involve the business activities in China and Russia of the Timken Co., a Canton manufacturer founded and previously run by her husband’s family. Gibbons also has attacked Timken for “bankrolling tax-raising politicians,” which the ad says is a reference to Gov. Mike DeWine’s 2019 move to hike the state’s gas tax to pay for roads and bridges.
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