“Caving On Violence,” “Secrets Are No Fun,” “Keep Following The Money” And “We’re Number 31:” The Mess Surrounding Mike DeWine’s Campaign This Week
August 8, 2022
August 8, 2022
Good Monday afternoon, and welcome back to Mike Check, your weekly source of all the infighting, conspiracy spewing and corruption that’s making headlines in and around the Republican governor’s race and Mike DeWine’s statehouse, courtesy of the Ohio Democratic Party.
Here are some stories you may have missed:
CAVING ON VIOLENCE. Ohio is fed up with Mike DeWine’s lack of action on gun violence. Just as Dayton marked the somber third anniversary of a mass shooting that took the lives of nine Ohioans, downtown Cincinnati was marred by violence over the weekend where a mass shooting injured nine people. And nothing but radio silence from DeWine. Three years after Ohioans shouted at DeWine to “do something,” the only something we’ve seen from DeWine is caving to the gun lobby and signing bills that make Ohioans less safe, including permitless carry legislation and a bill that would put more guns in schools, both over the objections of Ohio law enforcement. When it comes to standing up for Ohioans or caving to the gun lobby, DeWine will cave every time.
SECRETS ARE NO FUN. Mike DeWine is doing everything in his power to keep Ohioans in the dark when it comes to the FirstEnergy scandal, including using a non-governmental email address to conduct business. In new records and emails released as part of the ongoing investigation, we learned DeWine used a private email address to communicate with shady Sam Randazzo as the former Ohio energy head’s influence grew in DeWine’s inner circle. We know DeWine and Randazzo were in regular contact around the time House Bill 6 became law, but DeWine still wants to dodge questions on the scandal and pretend he didn’t know anything by only sharing heavily redacted calendars with the public. We also know Randazzo was heavily involved in the creation of the law that is still costing Ohioans to this day after he was hand-picked by DeWine to head PUCO. Secrets are no fun DeWine, it’s time to tell us what you knew and when.
KEEP FOLLOWING THE MONEY. Once again, critical funding is on the way to Ohio law enforcement thanks to Ohio Democrats, and once again, Mike DeWine is trying to take all the credit. But if it were up to DeWine, they would never see a dollar of that funding. Why? Because DeWine (and every other Ohio Republican on the ballot this fall) opposed the American Rescue Plan championed by Ohio Democrats. But Mike DeWine is so desperate to stay relevant, he’s once again touting funding he opposed and that Democrats passed. Bottom line, DeWine is in trouble, he knows it and he’s ready to stoop to any level to come off as likable both inside and outside of his own party.
WE’RE NUMBER 31. A recent study ranked Ohio 31 in child well-being, including rating in the bottom half on critical categories including health and economic well-being. While DeWine is busy rubberstamping statehouse Republicans’ agenda of cutting taxes for the wealthy and well-connected, Ohio kids are paying the price. Instead of investing in working families and helping Ohio children get ahead, DeWine has prioritized attacking women and implementing some of the most anti-choice legislation in the nation. Pro-life, indeed.
Thanks for catching up with us, that’s all the Mike Check we’ve got for this week. Have a great week!