For the first two years of his term as Attorney General, we didn’t hear much from Mike DeWine. But as the race heats up for the 2014 election cycle, you can’t seem to turn on the TV or open a paper lately without seeing him photobombing any story or event that might get his face or name in front of Ohioans.
The Steubenville rape trial, the Cincinnati IRS office scandal, the shootings at Sandy Hook, the Cleveland rape victims, the Cleveland police-involved shooting… DeWine’s press team has found a way for DeWine to capitalize on all of these events for his own political gain.
Hell, DeWine even got quoted in the Dispatch about a shooting that occured around the corner from me here in Columbus even though he and his office had absolutely no involvement whatsoever.
Today’s Plain Dealer quotes a Cleveland official commenting on DeWine’s press conferences on the Cleveland Police incident: “the most dangerous place in Cleveland was between DeWine and the television cameras.”
DeWine wants you to believe he’s Mr. Law Enforcement. He’s currently running around the state racking up photos of himself standing next to state troopers, police officers and sheriff’s deputies that he can use in his campaign ads.
But when Ohio’s law enforcement officers really needed DeWine to step up – during the battle over Senate Bill 5 – DeWine refused to denounce the bill that would strip them of their collective bargaining rights.
When Ohio’s police officers and other public employees were rallying against the anti-union provisions in SB5, DeWine supported blocking their access to the Statehouse.
And when Governor John Kasich cut billions of dollars from local governments causing cities and counties to layoff officers around the state, Mike DeWine said nothing.
Unlike DeWine, David Pepper’s stance on both budget cuts and Senate Bill 5 were, and continue to be, highly supportive of law enforcement in Ohio.
Pepper, DeWine’s Democratic opponent for AG in 2014, has recently traveled the state speaking out against John Kasich’s unfair funding cuts to local governments; cuts that have forced cities and counties to lay off public safety workers and raise local taxes to help cover the loss of funds from the state.
When Ohio’s law enforcement officers needed Mike DeWine most, he let them down. And no amount of grandstanding is going to chance that fact.