COLUMBUS, Ohio – While Ted Strickland certainly made news today, it's probably not what he had in mind for his campaign's reset, which included launching his first television ad a month earlier than planned. Instead, Ted's been confronted with blowback about his extremely insensitive comments regarding Justice Scalia's death. You may click HERE to listen to the audio of Strickland’s remarks (full transcript is below).
Don't just take our word for it, here is what they are saying:
Hot Air: If Democratic hopes of taking back control of the Senate hinge on Ohio, they’d better start looking for Plan B. Former governor Ted Strickland, the Democratic nominee challenging Rob Portman, demonstrated the political skills Monday that made him a one-termer.
AP: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland of Ohio is apologizing for remarks appearing to celebrate the death of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Wall Street Journal: Senate Candidate Apologizes for Saying Scalia’s Death Was Well Timed
Washington Post: Political protip: If you’re about to joke about the death of a Supreme Court justice — don’t
Politico: Ted Strickland apologizes for ‘insensitive’ Scalia comment
CNN: Ted Strickland, the former Ohio governor who is challenging Senator Rob Portman in a closely-watched race, apologized for saying Justice Antonin Scalia's death happened at a good time.
Weekly Standard: Ohio Senate Candidate Jokes About Scalia's Death, Apologizes
“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.”