Ohio Democratic Party Statement on Ohio GOP Primary

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper on today’s announcement that Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will be joining forces:

“Mike DeWine and Jon Husted are the worst possible ticket to deliver change in Columbus. Ohio’s schools have fallen from fifth in the country to 22nd amid a for-profit charter school scandal, our job growth has trailed the national average for 59 straight months and we lead the nation in overdose deaths — all under DeWine and Husted’s watch. It’s not a surprise to see them team up; they are part of the status quo Columbus insiders who have left behind so many communities and families across our state in the decades they’ve been in office.

“Today’s announcement merely turns up the heat on what has been a rancorous, nasty Republican primary, as all of the candidates are running hard to the right, embracing Trumpism and rejecting Republican Gov. John Kasich.”