Mary Taylor Picks LG Candidate Affiliated With SPLC-Designated Hate Group

Republican Candidates for Ohio Governor Running Desperately to Extremist Right

COLUMBUS — In the latest indicator that the Republican candidates for Ohio governor are all running to the extremist right, Mary Taylor today announced she has selected as her running mate Nathan Estruth — who served for seven years on the board of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designated as a hate group.

“The Ohio Republican primary for governor is one giant race to the hard right, and today’s announcement by Mary Taylor is just one more example of how extreme the Ohio GOP has become,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “If we want to build a stronger economy, we can’t afford to have leaders who have aligned themselves with groups that attack our fellow Ohioans, as the ‘Alliance Defending Freedom’ has done. When you look at whom Mary Taylor and Mike DeWine are choosing as their running mates and endorsers, it’s clear they want to be hyperpartisan culture warriors, dragging Ohio back into the center of nasty political and legal fights that hurt everyday Ohioans. This extremist agenda would make Ohio less attractive to businesses and families and put our economic future at risk.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alliance Defending Freedom…

“has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a ‘homosexual agenda’ will destroy Christianity and society.”