Frank LaRose vs. Frank LaRose

In February, LaRose Called Out Misinformation About Elections; In May, LaRose Pushes Misinformation

COLUMBUSJust three months ago, Frank LaRose said he would use his role as Secretary of State to stand up to any misinformation, saying: “It is irresponsible to fearmonger about elections administration. Doesn’t matter who you are.”

But yesterday, in a fundraising email, LaRose himself disseminated blatant misinformation about reforms to help eligible Ohioans exercise their right to vote, while staying safe and healthy during the coronavirus crisis. Amid other things, he claimed that: “This week liberal special interests and even some of their Democratic allies in the legislature began pushing for the removal of in-person voting …”

As media outlets have already clarified, this was a false claim.

“Just months after he was touting the importance of avoiding election misinformation, Frank LaRose is himself stoking hyperpartisan fears in the middle of a global pandemic, all so he can raise campaign cash,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “His fundraising email made a patently false claim that Democratic legislators were at work this week pushing to eliminate in-person voting, when in fact legislators, party leaders and other Democratic officials have made clear they actually want to expand opportunities for in-person voting, along with reforms that make vote-by-mail easier for voters.

“We’re in the midst of a global pandemic. Ohioans have generally worked well together to push our way through this. So when it comes to finding solutions to allow safe and easy voting, bipartisanship should also be our guiding principle. The idea that the Secretary of State himself is stoking partisan rancor is disgraceful, and he owes Democratic legislators a public apology for lying about their proposals.”