COLUMBUS, OH— Chairman Bob Paduchik issued the following statement on Ohio Citizens’ Redistricting Commission:
“The biggest lie in Ohio politics today is the notion that the Ohio Citizens’ Redistricting Commission is a group of voting rights activists instead of a Democrat advocacy organization.
“The next biggest lie is the idea their ‘unity map’ is anything other than a Democrat gerrymander of Ohio legislative districts.”
The Ohio Citizens’ Redistricting Commission promotes itself as an “independent, nonpartisan commission,” however all but two of its 16 members are registered Democrat voters, and those two individuals have social media presence and posts that advocate for Democrat causes and candidates. There is not a single Republican or Independent member of the commission. OCRC’s claim to be nonpartisan is as hollow as the fairness behind its “unity map.”
The Democrat party has a geography problem because most Democrat voters live in seven of Ohio’s 88 counties; the 2020 Presidential election demonstrates this fact. To make a map Democrats believe is fair would require legislative districts that are extremely gerrymandered.
The so-called unity maps from the OCRC appear to divide 60 county boundaries, and there is no way to tell how many smaller political subdivisions it divides in the House and Senate maps. The “unity map” is nothing more than the Democrat’s best-case scenario under the new redistricting law. It will also be the predicate for an OCRC lawsuit, as stated in public testimony by board member Mr. Sam Gresham.
In addition to drawing Democrat maps, the OCRC has served as an AstroTurf clearing house for pro-Democrat public testimony. Democrat activists can use the OCRC website to submit testimony and draw maps, and the OCRC has done an effective job in driving their activists to public hearings.
COLUMBUS—Chairman Bob Paduchik issued the following statement on Justice Pat DeWine’s reelection bid for his current Ohio Supreme Court seat:
“Ohio Republicans can be proud that Justice Pat DeWine will seek reelection on the Supreme court. Justice DeWine is a principled conservative, dedicated to judicial restraint, and committed to defending the rule of law. Justice DeWine’s decision gives our party the strongest possible conservative majority on the court.
“We look forward to supporting Justices Kennedy, Fischer, and DeWine to keep Ohio’s Supreme Court in Republican hands.”
COLUMBUS, OH—Chairman Bob Paduchik released the following statement on President Biden’s CNN town hall in Cincinnati:
“Tonight, President Joe Biden will visit a great city suffering from devastating levels of violent crime caused by the failed leadership of Democrat Mayor John Cranley.
“Just like how Joe Biden failed to protect Americans and our southern border, John Cranley is failing to protect Cincinnatians as they face the third highest homicide rate per capita in the nation.”
COLUMBUS—Chairman Bob Paduchik issued the following statement on Governor DeWine’s signing of the FY2022 and FY2023 budget:
“Ohio working families can be proud of Republican leaders Governor DeWine, Senate President Huffman, and Speaker Cupp.
“While Washington Democrats are fighting to raise taxes, Ohioans are benefiting from the largest personal income tax cut in state history. Not only does this pro-growth budget return billions of dollars to taxpayers, it ensures that our children have access to quality education regardless of where they live.”
“This budget reaffirms what we already know: Republican leadership works. It is the reason Ohio is a top 10 state to do business, and why a company like Peloton chose to build its first domestic manufacturing plant in Ohio.”
COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio Republican Party Communications Director Tricia McLaughlin released the following statement on Tim Ryan’s dangerous calls to end the Senate Filibuster:
“Today ‘moderate’ Tim Ryan went on MSNBC to demand an end to the filibuster. Make no mistake, this blatant power grab will undermine the checks and balances of American democracy. Tim Ryan and other Democrats should be careful what they wish for —2022 is right around the corner.”
COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio Republican Party Executive Director Justin Bis released the following statement on the Democrats’ S.1 power grab:
“Among numerous democracy eroding provisions, the Senate’s version of H.R. 1 would strip states of commonsense voter ID laws and would take Ohio taxpayer dollars to bankroll politicians’ campaigns in states they don’t even live in. The decision to make a political donation should be personal –not mandated by the federal government.”
COLUMBUS, OH— Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik released the following statement on Jennifer Brunner, who was just elected Justice in November, running for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court:
“It is hard to fathom why a Justice who was elected just over six months ago and has not yet written a majority opinion would ask to be promoted to Chief Justice.
“Ohioans deserve a qualified Chief Justice who is steady and principled, not someone who is singularly focused on self-serving promotions.”
COLUMBUS—Chairman Bob Paduchik issued the following statement on Governor DeWine’s announcement on the lifting of COVID-19 health orders:
“Governor DeWine’s full lifting of COVID-19 health orders is welcome news.
“While the Biden-Harris Administration and Democrat governors have imposed draconian, nonsensical regulations, barred children from school, and implemented policies that disincentivize work and squander taxpayer dollars, Ohio, under Governor DeWine’s leadership, rose to the challenge of our time.
“Smart, prudent economic policy is incentivizing work and fueling Ohio’s economic rally—outpacing most of the country. Ohioans are back to work. Children are back in the classroom. Opportunity is abundant again in the great state of Ohio.”
COLUMBUS, OH— Ohio Republican Party Communications Director Tricia McLaughlin issued the following statement on Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to the wrong border:
“It has been 37 days since President Biden tapped Kamala Harris to lead the response to the humanitarian crisis at our nation’s southern border.
“Instead, Vice President Harris is hanging out at the Ohio-Kentucky border trying to sell a $2 trillion ‘infrastructure’ plan, of which just 7 percent goes toward actual infrastructure like roads and bridges.
“If Vice President Kamala Harris would visit the overflowing migrant camps ~1,500 miles south, she would see that, unlike her infrastructure bill, the crisis at the border is no Potemkin village.”