All of Ohio’s existing statewide elected officials are currently serving their second term, meaning new candidates from both parties will be vying for Governor, Treasurer, Auditor, AG and Secretary of State in 2018. Potential Republican candidates for these offices will have a choice to make: latch on to the Trump agenda and hope to ride wave that carried the current president to an 8 point win in Ohio last year, or shy away from the current administration and its alternative facts and damaging policies while making a bet that Trump’s approval stays in the 40s or below.
Republican State Senator Frank LaRose, a candidate for Secretary of State in 2018, has decided to put himself in the pro-Trump camp. LaRose has scheduled a fundraiser to be headlined by Sean Spicer, the public face of Donald Trump and the biggest defender of Trump’s biggest lie: that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election; a lie that the current Republican Secretary of State has vehemently denied.
OHIO VOTER FRAUD?
Republicans spent years claiming massive in-person voter fraud was occurring in Ohio in order to make a case for tougher voting restrictions that unfairly target Democratic voters. Ohio’s current Secretary of State Jon Husted was big advocate fo this theory, going so far as to demand a meeting with the US Attorney General in order to hunt down the ghostly fraudulent voting menace republicans had manufactured.
Then Husted actually looked into the matter. What did he find?
Out of 5,6 million votes cast he identified about 135 possibly fraudulent votes. Or about .002%. Of those 135 cases, only a handful ever made it to court, included one case of a nun who sent in the absentee mail ballot of another nun who died before election day.
Despite there being absolutely no evidence of in-person voter fraud in Ohio or any other state, Trump and his team continued to claim the opposite throughout the 2016 campaign. “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day,” wrote Trump on Twitter weeks before the election. “Why do Republican leaders deny what is going on? So naive!”
Trump’s claims were so over-the-top that Jon Husted was finally forced to admit to a national audience that Ohio’s voting system is safe and elections “are not going to be rigged.”
Thank God we finally got that all cleared up!
MILLIONS VOTE ILLEGALLY!
Or did we?
Weeks after an electoral college win in the presidential race, Trump took to Twitter in an attempt to discredit his large popular vote loss. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide,” he wrote. “I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”
Despite being debunked by pretty much every reputable news source around, Trump continued to repeat the false claim. At this point, the only person left defending Trump’s claim that 3-5 million undocumented immigrants voted in the 2016 election, swaying the popular vote for Hillary Clinton, is White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
MEANWHILE, BACK IN OHIO…
And what will Spicer be doing next week?
According to this tweet from Frank LaRose, Trump’s biggest champion of voter fraud claims will headline his fundraiser Wednesday…
It literally took Jon Husted two terms as Ohio secretary of state, and the election of a lying, egomaniacal U.S president, to admit that there is no in-person voter fraud in Ohio.
And now we have the next GOP candidate for secretary of state kicking off his campaign by fundraising with the voter fraud lie guy.
It was bad enough when LaRose betrayed labor during the SB5 vote. Now in looks like he might actually be abandoning the truth as he seeks to move to a statewide office.