Leader Strahorn Responds To Schuring's Decision To Muddy The Waters In Speaker's Race
Says GOP infighting keeps focus away from critical issues facing working families
May 31, 2018
 
[ Fred Strahorn Home | Fred Strahorn Press ]
 
 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the below statement today following Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) throwing in another wrinkle to the GOP’s ongoing leadership battle by suggesting a change to the House rules that would let him assume control of the chamber. The House nears its 50th day without a speaker following the departure of Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), who resigned amid an FBI investigation on April 12.


“House Democrats have been consistent in calling for an end to Republican gridlock that has kept us from spending time on important issues like job creation, growing our economy and improving people’s lives.


“The fact remains there are ongoing FBI investigations into alleged criminal activity among state lawmakers. We do not yet have the answers as to who is involved or how deep the scandal goes, and until we do, we remain focused on supporting a Democratic nominee for speaker who will bring all of us together rather than continue to conduct business as usual amid a cloud of suspicion and uncertainty. We don’t need someone simply to be responsible for managing the process—we need a leader who will be accountable for the institution.  


“Giving members ultimatums and breaking the rules is how we found ourselves in the midst of unprecedented dysfunction and the most serious political scandal in Ohio history in the first place. This ongoing shutdown is a direct result of years of unchecked one-party rule here in Columbus, and the Republicans who made this mess have to own the responsibility of fixing it. GOP leadership placing blame on anyone but themselves for the ongoing chaos at the Statehouse is unfair to their constituents and Ohio taxpayers.”

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

House Passes Strictest Abortion Ban In The Nation During First Week Back At Work

 

The Republican-controlled Ohio House today passed House Bill (HB) 258, legislation that would prohibit an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy— long before most women even know they are pregnant. 



 
 

Ohio House Democrats Respond To Anti-worker Janus V. AFSCME SCOTUS Decision

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME to strike down public sector union fair share, essentially bringing so-called “right to work” to public sector workplaces across America:



 
 

After Some Two Months, Ohio House Expected To Resume Session Under Narrowly-elected Speaker

 

After nearly two months of a Republican-led legislative impasse, the Ohio House is expected to resume legislative activity following today’s narrow, marathon election of new House Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell). Chaos and dysfunction have plagued the legislature since the abrupt resignation of former Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), after he announced he was under FBI inquiry in April. Federal agents have since raided Rosenberger’s home, his state office and storage shed, as rumors of pay-to-play tactics on payday lending reform legislation continue to churn.



 
 

Leader Strahorn Responds To Schuring's Decision To Muddy The Waters In Speaker's Race

 

Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) issued the below statement today following Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) throwing in another wrinkle to the GOP’s ongoing leadership battle by suggesting a change to the House rules that would let him assume control of the chamber. The House nears its 50th day without a speaker following the departure of Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), who resigned amid an FBI investigation on April 12.