‘That’s What’s Known as Passing the Buck:’ Mike DeWine Caves to Political Pressure, Puts Politics Over Health & Safety of Ohioans

Columbus, OH — Today, Theodore Decker of the Columbus Dispatch reminded us all just how far Mike DeWine has fallen in the last year. Facing a messy primary challenge, with another reported challenger set to emerge, DeWine is putting politics over the health and safety of Ohioans, too weak to stand up to his own party and do what’s right for the Ohioans he is supposed to serve.

Decker outlines how DeWine has shifted from listening to health experts like Dr. Amy Acton and doing what’s best for his constituents amid the COVID-19 pandemic to backing down to extreme Republicans within his own party who are putting the health of Ohioans at risk.

“Facing muzzles like this and being up for reelection in 2022, DeWine must have seen the threats of schoolyard bullies scrawled on the wall. He began to back down. The same issues that once would have yielded his unflinching assessment now yield only generalities that foist responsibility onto his constituents,” writes Decker.

“Ohioans expect their Governor to lead in the face of adversity, DeWine has instead wilted away to save his own political hide. If DeWine is too weak to stand up to his own party amid a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, how can he be expected to lead on any other issue that matters to Ohioans? If Mike DeWine doesn’t want to make the tough calls, he doesn’t deserve the job,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.

Read more from the Columbus Dispatch HERE and below:

  • Facing muzzles like this and being up for reelection in 2022, DeWine must have seen the threats of schoolyard bullies scrawled on the wall.

  • He began to back down. The same issues that once would have yielded his unflinching assessment now yield only generalities that foist responsibility onto his constituents.

  • That’s what’s known as passing the buck.

  • As COVID-19 infections among children soar and hospital systems have undertaken an advertising campaign that begs Ohioans to get vaccinated, we are left with tepid sentiments from the governor, like this one about the recent trend of taking a horse dewormer unapproved for treatment of COVID-19.

  • You can almost see him eyeing the exits.

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