Ohio GOP Smears Navy Combat Vet Hillary “Toro” O’Connor Mueri

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose Joins Malicious Partisan Attack

COLUMBUS — As a U.S. Navy veteran who flew combat missions over Iraq, Hillary “Toro” O’Connor Mueri is used to dealing with incoming fire — just not from her fellow veterans.

This week Congressman Dave Joyce and the Ohio Republican Party made a false attack against Mueri, who is challenging Joyce in Ohio’s 14th Congressional District. Secretary of State Frank LaRose joined in that attack — which was disproven less than 24 hours later.

Less than one week after Frank LaRose appropriately chastened Ohioans about spreading misinformation, Dave Joyce, the Ohio GOP and our state’s top elections official participated in a joint smear of the good name of a navy combat veteran running for Congress,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “They engaged in a malicious, partisan attack — treating Hillary O’Connor Mueri like a criminal — without taking the time to check the basic facts. Records from the Lake County Board of Elections contradict the Ohio GOP’s false claim, and if LaRose had taken the time to pick up the phone and call them, he might have thought twice about inserting himself into a political campaign and held his tongue.

“Dave Joyce, Frank LaRose and the Ohio Republican Party all owe Hillary O’Connor Mueri a full apology.”