Ohio GOP Statement on Democrats’ Rally with John Legend

COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio Republican Party released the following statement on Democrats’ Rally with John Legend:

“‘Ordinary people‘ will not be tricked by Hollywood elites into selling Ohio’s Constitution to the highest bidder. Vote ‘Yes on 1’ to ensure constitutional changes have broad support and protect all Ohioans.”—Chairman Alex M. Triantafilou, Ohio Republican Party

Justin Bibb, Stop Deflecting Responsibility for Cleveland Violence

CLEVELAND—In the wake of yet another tragic shooting in Cleveland, Justin Bibb is reading from the same sheet of music being played by failed liberal mayors around the country. Cut police funding and blame law-abiding gun owners.

“Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless crime, and it is sickening to see Mayor Bibb play politics rather than doing everything in his power to stop the violence in our city,” said Cuyahoga County GOP Chairman Lisa Stickan. “Elected Democratic leadership—including Mayor Bibb and the City Council—have a dangerously understaffed and under-supported police force, resulting in rising crime and dangerous conditions for residents and business owners. It is time for Mayor Bibb and the elected leadership to address these issues and take responsibility.”

Unfortunately, this tragedy is just another example of skyrocketing crime under Bibb’s watch. For the first four months of the year, felony assault is up 25%, sex offenses are up 22%, robbery is up 19% and theft is up 23%. Also, the number of stolen cars has more than doubled.

Despite the spike in crime, it appears Mayor Bibb is more focused on spending taxpayer dollars to promote himself than he is about fixing violence in his community.

Unfortunately, the out-of-touch policies being pushed by Ohio’s Democrat mayors are not unique to Cleveland. After a string of violence in Columbus, Democrat Mayor Andrew Ginther opted to attack small business owners, and unsuccessfully tried to blame food trucks.

“It is amazing that every time there is a tragedy involving a firearm, Democrat mayors who villainize law enforcement want to also remove families’ ability to defend themselves,” said Chairman Alex Triantafilou. “The soft on crime policies in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco have been a complete disaster, and Mayor Bibb should stop trying to emulate them.”

Bottom Line: It is past time for failed Democrat mayors to take responsibility for the violence in their cities, support law enforcement, and stop playing the blame game every time there is a tragedy.

Ohio Republican Party Kicks-Off Statewide Day of Action with “Get Out the Vote” Rally

COLUMBUS—Today, the Ohio Republican Party and supporters of State Issue 1 rallied at the Ohio GOP Headquarters as part of a statewide day of action to urge Ohioans to vote YES in the August 8 Special Election to Protect Ohio’s Constitution.

“Early voting begins on July 11, and we are strongly encouraging Republicans across Ohio to bank their vote as soon as possible,” said Chairman Alex Triantafilou. “Issue 1 is a good-government measure that ensures our Constitution represents the vast majority of Ohioans, and our grassroots volunteers are doing a tremendous job spreading our winning message.”

Chairman Triantafilou led today’s rally along with Franklin County GOP Chairwoman Meredith Freedhoff, Attorney General Dave Yost, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

To date, the Ohio GOP, county Republican parties, and grassroots volunteers have made tens of thousands of voter contacts to remind Republicans to get out and vote either on, or before, August 8.