Rep. Mike Turner Voted No On Closing The “Charleston Loophole”

One More Example of How Turner Says One Thing in Dayton, Does Another in Washington

COLUMBUSCongressman Mike Turner’s 2019 vote against closing the “Charleston loophole” — legislation championed by Congressman James Clyburn in response to the massacre of nine church members by a white supremacist — is one more example of how Turner’s words of support for the Black community do not match up with his record.

“Mike Turner has had one opportunity after another to show the people of his district where he stands on issues like preventing gun violence, but his voting record makes clear that he cares more about supporting Donald Trump and his Republican leaders, than his own constituents,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Ohioans can’t trust Mike Turner to fight for them because he says one thing when he’s in Dayton, but he will turn around and vote the other way when he’s in Washington.”

“Dayton’s mass shooting was a traumatic event for our community,” said Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chair Rhine McLin. “But the shooting at Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church was just as traumatic for their city — and for African Americans across the country, who mourned a horrific loss at one of our nation’s most historic churches and a pillar of the civil rights movement. Mike Turner needed to stand with us and stand up for us by voting to close the Charleston loophole, but instead he voted no.”

Turner’s record of failing to stand up to racism also includes his vote last week against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.