Frank LaRose’s Senate Campaign Still Being Suffocated by Close Ties to State Issue 1
August 4, 2023
4 days until Ohioans decide on LaRose’s amendment
Ohioans will decide on Frank LaRose’s amendment in four days and LaRose’s Senate campaign is still being suffocated by his close ties to State Issue 1.
This week, LaRose’s admission that State Issue 1 is “100%” about abortion remained front and center while he ran for cover, escalating infighting in Ohio’s Republican primary slugfest. If that wasn’t bad enough, LaRose was also slammed with an ethics complaint by the Libertarian Party of Ohio for making himself the face of State Issue 1 and was blasted for sending an email to poll workers with the incorrect election date.
LaRose’s Senate campaign continues to be caught in the crosshairs of his close ties to State Issue 1, causing “blowback” and actively “obscuring” his Senate launch.
Here’s what Ohioans are reading and watching about Frank LaRose days before they vote on his amendment:
LaRose can’t escape admitting the quiet part out loud that State Issue 1 is “100%” about abortion.
WOUB: “Next month’s controversial effort to make it harder to amend Ohio‘s constitution is coming into next year’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.”
Cleveland.com: “Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose – a key figure behind the looming State Issue 1 election to make it harder for citizens to propose and pass constitutional amendments – wants his political rivals to chip in for the cause.”
“More controversy:” LaRose slammed with ethics complaint by the Libertarian Party of Ohio.
WBNS: “Now there’s more controversy surrounding the August special election… The Libertarian Party of Ohio has filed a complaint against Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.”
Ideastream: “Saying he’s breaking federal law, the Libertarian Party of Ohio has filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel against Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose. At issue is the Hatch Act, which regulates political activities of public officials.”
The Columbus Dispatch: “For someone who is using Issue 1 to campaign for federal office, LaRose should probably be more familiar with federal laws while administering federal funds,” said Travis Irvine… “Libertarians have known all too well since 2013 that ‘Two Faced Frank’ will do whatever it takes to get ahead.”
LaWhoops strikes again: LaRose blasted after sending an email to poll workers with the incorrect election date.
Anna Staver, Columbus Dispatch: “Yeah, you know, there are some folks saying that Frank LaRose has really made this his issue… If it fails, right, if we don’t raise the bar on protecting our constitution, that it will fall on him… He could take the blowback from that and that maybe could hurt his U.S. Senate campaign…”
Cleveland.com: “Previews of the Barbenheimer sequel, ‘Barbenheimer- Issue 1′ contain a climax scene showing a giant mushroom cloud of hot pink hues obscuring ‘Frank LaRose for Senate’ and ‘Super Majority needed for State Constitution Amendments’ signs. Along with Barbie giving a ‘thumbs up’ to a ‘No’ vote on Issue 1, and Ken voting ‘Yes.’”
Cleveland.com: “He (LaRose) put his whole stock and trade in [Issue One], which is odd for a Secretary of State who’s supposed to protect the voters. He’s doing the opposite. He’s led the charge, he’s done it sleazy the whole way. And if this goes down, his opponents in the senate race are going to say he’s a loser. Bernie’s already saying, ‘Hey, you, you went the wrong way.’ You should be talking about protecting the Constitution, not abortion.”