Tough Choice for DeWine: Extremist Sheriff Or “Mr. Magoo”?

COLUMBUS — Talk about awkward.

Only days after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reminisced about their days in the Senate together and took a perhaps premature victory lap on fighting opioids, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones — who endorsed DeWine in January — referred to Sessions as “Mr. Magoo” and said that he would fire him.

Remarks from Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones at the Greene County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner yesterday:

“We have a president, whether you like him or you don’t. I like him. I like his haircut. I’m thinking about getting one of those comb-overs. He’s got a beautiful wife that works for him. Do you think his hair had anything to do with that? He’s a little sensitive about his hair, though, because he’s got that giant comb-over. But, do you know what? He’s got guts and he’s not afraid to fire people. I would fire Jim [sic] Sessions myself. He reminds me of Mr. Magoo. Nice guy. He was the guy that was there to protect him and help him in the beginning. He’s useless. I think he was in the Senate and drank too much Kool-Aid. And he needs to get the hell out of there, and I’m not against firing people.”

“When it comes to bedfellows, Mike DeWine sure has the market cornered on strange ones,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “I guess when you’re running as far to the right as Mike DeWine is in the Ohio GOP’s nasty primary, you’re stuck making tough choices between a sheriff who refuses to save lives and an attorney general who wants to restart the failed war on drugs. For Ohio voters, we’ll make their choice easier — vote Democrats up and down the ballot and let us all move in a new direction.”

As a reminder, this isn’t the first time Jones has put DeWine in a tough spot. Already under fire for his poor record on Ohio’s opioid crisis, DeWine was criticized for touting Jones’ endorsement given the sheriff’s ban on carrying the life-saving overdose antidote Narcan.