“Not-So-Strong Ohio:” The Mess Surrounding Mike DeWine As Voters Head To The Polls
October 31, 2022
Happy Halloween, and welcome back to Mike Check, your weekly source of all the infighting, conspiracy spewing and corruption that’s making headlines in and around Mike DeWine’s campaign and statehouse, courtesy of the Ohio Democratic Party.
With just one week to go before Election Day, Democrats want to remind you of all of the ways Mike DeWine has flat-out failed Ohio, and how our state is not-so-strong after all from years of poor leadership from DeWine and his cronies.
NOT-SO-STRONG OHIO. Mike DeWine is taking our state backward. For four years, DeWine has been too weak to stand up to extremists in his own party and the special interests fueling his campaign, instead serving as a rubber stamp for policies that hurt working families while failing to provide the leadership Ohioans expect from their governor. From abortion rights to gun violence to redistricting to the largest public corruption scandal in state history, DeWine’s weakness is costing Ohioans big time and Ohioans are literally paying the price.
Key examples of DeWine’s weaknesses include:
- Abortion Rights – Mike DeWine told an anti-abortion special interest group that he wants ‘to go as far as we can’ to rip away reproductive rights in Ohio.
- Gun Violence – Despite promising to ‘do something’ to combat gun violence, DeWine caved to the gun lobby and signed gun bills that are opposed by Ohio law enforcement because they make Ohioans less safe.
- FirstEnergy Bribery Scandal – ‘State Official 1’ has been dodging questions since October about what he knew and when about the largest public corruption scandal in state history, a scandal that continues to cost Ohioans thousands of dollars every single day.
- Redistricting – Even as he acknowledged the maps he was passing were likely unconstitutional, DeWine ignored voters, caved to his own party and rubber-stamped seven illegal, GOP-gerrymandered maps.
Mike DeWine has spent his entire term as governor selling out to his wealthy and well-connected donors, leaving hardworking families behind. It’s time to elect a leader who will do more than cower in the corner and actually lead our state. We need Nan Whaley.
NO DEBATE ABOUT IT. With that kind of record, it’s no wonder Mike DeWine flat-out refused time and again to debate Nan Whaley this year. Ohioans have a right to be concerned about what another four years of Mike DeWine would look like and we know DeWine feels the same way, which is why he only faced Whaley (virtually) once. DeWine insists that he is the most accessible governor, touting press conferences and editorial board interviews as proof he talks directly to voters. These are not substitutes for standing on the debate stage, but DeWine has proven he’s so weak he will always duck, dive and deceive instead of facing an opponent this year. Let’s face it, if DeWine can’t even muster the political courage to tell Ohioans why they should punch his ticket on November 8, he’s admitting what we already know – he doesn’t deserve the job. We deserve Nan Whaley.
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