COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, on the very day Ted Strickland planned to launch his campaign reset by going on television a month earlier than planned, he's been confronted with blowback about his extremely insensitive remarks regarding Justice Scalia's death and criticism of his ad which completely avoids discussing his time as governor despite being a biographical ad. You may click HERE to listen to the audio of Strickland’s remarks (full transcript is below).
Here is what they are saying:
AP: ...lagging in funding and some polls, ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is airing the first television ads of his campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman...The ads skirt the Democrat's four years as governor, a target of millions in anti-Strickland ads.
Cleveland.com: Ted Strickland steps into controversy by cheering the timing of Justice Antonin Scalia's death
Cincinnati Enquirer: Democrat Ted Strickland apologized Wednesday for a remark he made to a union group about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Columbus Dispatch: Ted Strickland apologizes for comments made about death of Antonin Scalia
Washington Examiner: Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland joked about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday, saying it came "at a good time" for union workers since he was unable to cast the deciding vote in a March case that ended up in a 4-4 deadlock.
Washington Free Beacon: Ted Strickland, a Democratic candidate for Senate in Ohio, joked on Monday that the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died “at a good time” for unions.
Morning Consult: Former Ohio Gov. and Senate hopeful Ted Strickland apologized Wednesday for saying earlier this week that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death “happened at a good time,” since it came just before the Supreme Court ruled on a case that could have been a blow to unions.
The Hill: Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who is running for Senate, is coming under fire after he joked that Justice Antonin Scalia's death "happened at a good time."
“In three-and-a-half months we’ll make a decision about who occupies the executive branch, what Party controls the Senate, and growing out of those two decisions will be the future of the United States Supreme Court. My friends, a lot of average citizens out there don’t understand the importance of that court. I mean, the death of Scalia saved labor from a terrible decision. And I don’t wish anyone ill, but, it happened at a good time! Because, once that decision had been made it would have been tough to reverse it. And so, everything that we care about – labor rights, voting rights, human rights, environmental policy – everything we care about will be at risk if a Donald Trump and a Republican Senate can refashion that Supreme Court.”