They are intergenerational co-workers at Flow Polymers, LLC on Cleveland’s east side. Beth is a production scheduler and Ashley works in sales and marketing.
Their workplace was so close-by that they walked over Monday morning to Team Wendy, at the Cleveland Industrial Innovation Center, to see and hear what Hillary Rodham Clinton had to say, now that she’s transitioning from winning state primaries to winning it all in November.
They were among the 400 or so who turned out to see the first woman to be named the presumptive presidential nominee for a major American political party—The Democratic Party. Beth and Ashley came from nearby but some said they traveled from Akron to hear Mrs. Clinton talk about her vision for the future versus the vision Republicans are offering, with their nearly crowned leader Donald Trump already rebranding the party in his image.
Mrs. Clinton could have talked about a lot of topics Beth and Ashley might better have liked to hear the former senator and secretary of state talk about, but what happened in Orlando, Florida over the weekend got in the way of issues like jobs and health care being the crux of what Ohioans were ready to hear.
In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, where a lone wolf gunman entered a popular gay nightspot and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle killing 49 and wounding more than 50 others, Mrs. Clinton’s remarks were appropriately somber and respectful to the fallen innocent. At the same time, though, she underscored her determination to bring common sense gun policies to the nation if elected president, in spite of Republican opposition to them, among other policies directions she would take that might prevent more Orlandos, San Bernadinos or Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings.
“We may have our disagreements on gun safety regulations, but we should all be able to agree on a few things,” Mrs. Clinton said. “If the FBI is watching you for suspected terrorist links, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. You shouldn’t be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show. And yes, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America.”
On a different day, one that wasn’t so clouded over by the freshness of the the historic loss of human life undertaken by a radicalized American born Muslim, it’s likely that other were there for the same reasons Beth and Ashley sum up in this 60 Seconds Ohio profile.