Husted slinging mud to distract from record, real issues
COLUMBUS—Today, a trio of state legislators and colleagues of State Senator Nina Turner, Democratic nominee for Ohio Secretary of State, spoke out against Jon Husted’s attack ad which began airing at the beginning of the week. The ad features photos of Senator Turner with female legislators and a group of African- American schoolgirls while distorting facts about a period of financial difficulty for Turner, distorting the votes of the featured legislators and one of Turner’s votes in the Ohio Senate.
In response to the ad, Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent), and Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) issued the following statement:
“We are always proud to stand with Nina Turner, because we know she stands with us and hard working Ohio families every day. She is not only our friend and colleague, but a woman we know stands up for the right thing no matter the cost. Even though a photo of us is featured in her opponent’s attack ad, we stand proudly with Turner, condemn this shameful commercial, and call on Jon Husted to remove this insult to women and girls.
“We are dismayed and appalled at the sexist, racist tenor of this recent attack ad in which Jon Husted slings mud to distract from his history of ethical missteps and failed policies. He knows he can’t win by talking about his record because it is indefensible.
“Ohioans deserve a Secretary of State who is willing to talk about the issues, and get to work solving real problems instead of using distortions of fear and hiding behind smoke and mirrors.”
Jon Husted’s attack ad makes several claims about Sen. Turner that are sorely lacking in context.
CLAIM: Nina Turner voted against cutting taxes but didn’t pay hers.
FACT: Senator Turner voted against GOP budgets that gave tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of Ohio’s children and prevented women from making their own decisions about their health. [Source: “Senate Passes Two-Year State Budget.” The Daily Record. 9 June 2011. Accessed: 10/20/14]
FACT: Jon Husted voted to cut taxes for the wealthy at the expense of Ohio’s future. From 2005 (when the tax cut was passed) to 2013, Ohio saw a 4.4 percent decline in employment and 238,000 jobs lost, compared to a 1.2 percent increase for the rest of the nation. [Source: “Empty Promises.” Policy Matters Ohio. April 2013. Accessed: 10/20/14]
FACT: Nina Turner has acknowledged that like many Ohioans, she struggled and persevered through financial difficulties. During the same time period, Jon Husted was busy taking a corporate jet to a football game courtesy of NCR, a company that later shut its doors in Ohio and moved 1,200 jobs to Georgia, and taking fishing trips with lobbyists that had concerns about items in the budget. [Source: “Nina Turner on Ohio’s ‘South,’ on Jon Husted and on running for mayor of Cleveland: Q&A.” Cleveland Plain Dealer. 23 July 2014. Accessed: 10/20/14]
CLAIM: As a landlord, she had multiple housing code citations, including not removing raw sewage from the basement.
FACT: These cases involved tenants of Nina Turner, and she took care of the matter once hearing about it. In fact, these cases were voluntarily dismissed by the Cleveland city prosecutor without any charges ever being filed because she rectified the problems. [Source: Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk of Courts online case information. Cases 2003 CRB 006755 and 2003 CRB 024539.]
CLAIM: Worst of all, Nina Turner voted against a ban of our kids texting and driving.
FACT: Nina Turner voted against the bill because it encourages racial profiling and is difficult to enforce due to its many exemptions. She specifically mentioned on the Senate floor that the bill could result in more racial profiling. [Source: “Proposed texting ban restricts younger drivers.” Springfield News Sun. 3 May 2012. Accessed: 10/20/14.]