July 28, 2014

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Ohio Dem chief: GOP using scare tactics

At a Democratic fundraiser Monday evening, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern scolded Republicans, saying they are forcing a government shutdown because they don’t have the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“We are relitigating the 2008 and the 2012 national elections every day with this Congress,” Redfern said.

Ohio Democratic Party chairman Chris Redfern, was the featured speaker for a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings, 505 Eastpointe Drive, Medina, on Monday, the eve of a government shutdown. Redfern celebrated Ohio was a “purple to leaning blue” state that supported Obama and bemoaned Republicans refusal to fund the Affordable Care Act — even if that means a government shutdown. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

He said the majority of Americans and Ohioans supported reforms to health care that allow those with pre-existing conditions to get coverage, and allow college students to stay on their parents’ insurance plans.

Redfern cited as evidence the majority of Ohio voters who supported President Obama for re-election, rather than Mitt Romney, who promised to repeal the health care reform law.

Redfern charged Republicans are jeopardizing government institutions because they can’t get their way.

“On the night before people in Ohio have access to health care, they’re trying to shut down the government,” he said.

Redfern acknowledged many people are unsure about exactly how the Affordable Care Act will work.

But he blamed Republicans for much of the confusion.

“(Republicans) will say anything to confuse and scare,” he said. “Because these fellas don’t like the results of the 2012 election.”

Redfern reminded Democrats that it was up to them to educate their neighbors and friends, and urged them to start getting ready for the 2014 midterm and gubernatorial races. He said there are 2,463 Medina voters who supported Obama, but didn’t come out to cast a vote in favor of Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in 2010.

“These people lean pro-union, they support Obama, but they just didn’t go to the polls for Strickland,” Redfern said. “It’s our job to get to know those people.”

Among the local elected officials attending the fundraiser were Medina County Auditor Michael E. Kovack, county Prosecutor Dean Holman, Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler and Granger Township Fiscal Officer Donald L. Baker.

Other party leaders at the fundraiser, held at Buffalo Wild Wings, 505 Eastpointe Drive, Medina, included County Party Chairman John Welker and former party chairman Pamela B. Miller.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.