Ohio Democratic Party Statement On Gov. Mike DeWine’s Statewide Address

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to tonight’s statewide address from Gov. Mike DeWine:

As someone who publicly praised the governor in the early months of this crisis, I could not be more disappointed in his speech today. As cases and deaths rise, he announced nothing that will change that direction.

“Other states, led by leaders of both parties, are moving forward with statewide mask mandates and other more decisive steps. Kentucky and West Virginia did so last week, and they have fewer cases than Ohio. They are taking these steps because it’s plain to see that passive, reactive approaches like the governor’s — simply running ads on television, televised pep talks, or confusing color-coded maps — are not working.

“More must be done. Immediately. And a broad, bipartisan majority of Ohioans strongly supports more being done.”

Yesterday the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that universal mask-wearing would “bring this under control within four, six, eight weeks.