Ohio Democratic Party Statement On Resignation Of Dr. Amy Acton

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to today’s announcement that Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton is resigning:

“We are all grateful for the leadership shown by Dr. Amy Acton during the coronavirus crisis and her unmatched strength and determination in protecting the health and well-being of Ohioans. Dr. Acton rose above the petty partisan politics that so often dominates Columbus, and she did it with uncommon grace, humility and professionalism. She became the epitome of a public servant and leader and a role model to so many. Her decision to step down is Ohio’s loss. She has saved countless lives.”

Earlier today the Ohio Democratic Party released a new Medium post that focused on the Ohio House Republican Caucus’s repeated legislative attacks on Acton.

The coronavirus crisis isn’t over. Almost 2,500 Ohioans have died from COVID-19, and with much of the state reopening, we will surely see an uptick in cases.

You would think that Ohio’s legislative leaders should want to do something about that.

Instead of providing resources to fight the coronavirus outbreak in hotspots like nursing homes and correctional facilities or passing legislation that would make it safer and more convenient to vote this fall, Ohio House Republicans are *checks notes* attacking Health Director Dr. Amy Acton.

Last month Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin called out Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s “bullying attacks” against Acton.

This weekend Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Kevin Aldridge asked, “So why is it that Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has become this political pinata that some folks want to beat on simply for doing her job?