Editorial Board Calls Out Bernie Moreno for “Reject[ing]” Bipartisanship, “Do[ing] Little to Advance Ohioans Interests”
November 20, 2023
Columbus, OH – The Ironton Tribune Editorial Board recently called out Bernie Moreno for refusing to work across the aisle if elected to the Senate, which would “do little to advance Ohioans interests” and only “add to the problem” in Washington. Moreno’s “reject[ion]” of bipartisanship stands in stark contrast to Sherrod Brown’s record of delivering for Ohioans and raises serious questions about Moreno’s interests.
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- Incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown has similarly forged bipartisan relationships in the chamber, and has been instrumental in sponsoring and getting passed key legislation, whether it is the PACT Act, which provides benefits for veterans harmed by toxic burn pits, the CHIPS Act, which was needed for Intel’s huge new manufacturing plant in Ohio, or the rail safety legislation he is currently advocating.
- Brown’s ability to work with the other party has proven to be effective in producing legislation that benefits all Ohioans. But compare that approach to one of those running to unseat the senator.
- Last month, the Republican candidates appeared at a forum for the Greater Akron Chamber, where they detailed their platforms. The candidates were asked a fairly typical question for such events — how they would work across the aisle and increase bipartisanship (one we at The Tribune also ask locally every election).
- Moreno’s answer was telling. The paper stated he rejected the premise of the question.
- If he thinks there is no need to work with the other party and he can magically get things accomplished, he is being naïve.
- In order to be productive in any capacity, Ohio’s U.S. senator is going to have to work with both parties.
- Being a loud partisan may make for flashy cable news clips or social media clicks, but it will do little to advance Ohioans interests if nothing gets passed.
- Far too often these days in our polarized society, politicians look more to become media celebrities, rather than effective legislators. And by ruling out the idea of cooperation, Moreno seems intent on adding to that problem. The last thing we need in our politics is more partisanship and stubbornness.
- Next year, in the Senate race and others, the state will have to decide who can best advocate for it in the chamber and work to get things done by elevating debate, building alliances and moving legislation toward passage. Given his answer in Akron, it appears Moreno has no real interest in that.