State Senator Kris Jordan says that he’s entitled to his privacy, even though he’s still under investigation of a crime. Robert Mecklenborg said the same thing… a week or two before he resigned.
The one-time recipient of the Ohio Christian Alliance’s Local Elected Official of the Year says he made a mistake, but what was that mistake?
We had an emotional argument and are embarrassed that some very personal issues have become public. We are all human. We make mistakes.
The mistake was their domestic dispute became public? Senator Jordan’s wife didn’t make a mistake calling 911. The Delaware County 911 operators were exceptional in how they handled the situation. And his wife did the right thing. They didn’t make mistake. “We” didn’t make mistakes. Maybe Kris Jordan did, but nobody else.
"This is the first time I’ve called," she said. "He’s done this a lot. I can’t put up with this anymore.
Not a mistake.
"I made a mistake," she said. "I don’t want to go through with this anymore."
You didn’t make a mistake.
When I read the “joint statement” today, I can’t hear anything from Mrs. Jordan but that emotionally dead statement she kept saying during the 911 call.
“We’re all right.”
You’re not “all right.”
Kris Jordan began the day with news of the criminal investigation hitting the Columbus Dispatch. He then introduced his newest piece of legislation, SB 201, to end state funding for… Planned Parenthood. Kris Jordan in the last General Assembly co-sponsored HB 252, which would have made it illegal for any woman in Ohio to have an abortion without the permission of a man and made the performance of an abortion without male consent a crime.
There is a common thread between Mecklenborg and Jordan. Both are pro-life, social conservatives who pride themselves as culture warriors. Both wear their religion on their sleeves as much as their campaign literature. Both view women as objects to control and use. Kris Jordan, who his own wife says threatened to end his marriage if she dared to call the police, if she “made the mistake” of making what he was doing a public matter. They are beyond conservative. They are misogynistic and male chauvinists. What’s next, a bill requiring a husband’s consent before a woman can vote? Sign a contract?
Both have mocked the notion that there exists in the United States Constitution an implicit right to privacy in which cases like Roe v. Wade and Griswold v. Connecticut rests on the floor of the State legislature. Both have supported criminally prosecuting people involved in assisting a woman exercise her constitutional right to make her own decisions about her reproductive organs, only to demand privacy when they become a subject of a criminal investigation, public records be damned. In their world, conservative politicians accused of crimes have more of a right to privacy than private citizens have on deeply personal medical and health issues.
Yes, nothing converts a pro-lifer in Ohio into believing in the right of privacy apparently, than investigating them for a crime regarding their “private lives.” These conservatives who believe, even in the wake of the Wall Street collapse of 2008, that regulations have no place in business, but believe that regulations belong in every uterus in Ohio. They hypocritically hate “big government” in providing health care insurance, but see no limit in government regulation of a woman’s reproductive organs.
In the past month, we’ve seen one hypocritical Republican push for a bill that would require a valid drivers license to vote when he had none, and pro-CCW in bars advocate be investigated for a domestic dispute in which he was reportedly intoxicated and at some point, armed with a handgun.
Today, Governor Kasich signed an anti-choice bill into law that makes Ohio join the club of one of top six States with the most restrictive laws on a woman’s right to choose. Because it’s all about jobs, don’t you know? And that’s something else Mecklenborg and Jordan have in common. They’re not just legislators. They’ve been legislators that Governor Kasich has come to rely on to enact his radical agenda. Mecklenborg introduced JobsOhio into the legislature. Jordan gave us drilling for oil and gas interests in our State parks.
And that gets us to the other issue with Jordan. The one that makes it unique to Mecklenborg. Check your calendars. The incident with Jordan occurred roughly twelve days after the Mecklenborg story was the talk of the town. I cannot believe for a moment that when this happened Senator Jordan did not think to consult, inform, or warn Senate President Tom Niehaus or his caucus leadership about this incident. Did Kasich know about Jordan?
But now, all we know is that less than twenty-hours after the story broke, the Jordans “went on vacation” and issued a “joint statement” in which Jordan pleads for the privacy he would deny every woman in Ohio. Shine a little light on him, and he scurries away.
Why was Jordan in a panic over his wife calling 911? It wasn’t just the usual stuff when abusers try to intimidate their victims from seeking outside help, to try to keep it “in the family.” You have to imagine that Mecklenborg crossed his mind. And so now we see Jordan scurrying from the light. That’s why it needs to be turned on him.
You know who else scurries away this quickly from the light? Cockroaches.