As Trump Administration Is Embroiled In Controversy, Husted Stands By His Man
COLUMBUS — Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is standing by his man, offering praise for President Donald Trump this week, even as a special counsel begins to investigate the Trump-Russia controversy and reports surface that Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn and Trump revealed classified information to Russia.
Husted told the Youngstown Vindicator that Trump was doing “things that are fulfilling what he said he would do and why people like me voted for him.”
“Jon Husted is so desperate to embrace Donald Trump that he’s sticking his head in the sand about the controversies swirling around the Trump administration,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, has said ‘This is not a time for Republicans to hide,’ but Husted has nothing but empty phrases about Trump’s troubling connections to Russia. Trump is attacking Ohio through policies that would phase out Medicaid expansion, eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and slash the Appalachian Regional Commission, but Husted has nothing but praise for what Trump is doing. This is a time for leadership, and Jon Husted is failing this test miserably.”
Husted has been a proud Trump backer. In December, Husted spoke at Trump’s post-election vanity tour stop in Cincinnati. Business Insider highlighted Husted’s speech touting Trump’s election result:
Ohio’s secretary of state, Jon Husted, dismissed those efforts in remarks at the event, saying “as your chief elections official, I signed the document certifying President-elect Donald Trump as the winner of the state of Ohio.”
The crowd erupted.