August 16, 2016

“Shame On Him”: Editorials Condemn Strickland’s “Distasteful” Comments

Ted Strickland’s offensive and tone-deaf joke about Justice Antonin Scalia’s death continues to hurt the former Ohio governor’s Senate campaign. Last week, the story completely overshadowed the release of Strickland’s first TV ad.

Now editorial boards have joined in to condemn Strickland’s insensitive comments. See below for highlights from the editorials that have taken Strickland to task for his “distasteful” comments:

Columbus Dispatch: “A statement this week by former Ohio governor and Democratic Senate candidate Ted Strickland registers high on the distasteful scale.”

Youngstown Vindicator Headline: “Strickland lowers himself with remark about Scalia”

Youngstown Vindicator: “Likewise, we say to Strickland, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in the November general election, ‘Shame on you.’ The cheapening of political discourse in this country has reached a tipping point, and when candidates like the former governor of Ohio and area congressman indulge in lowest-common-denominator rhetoric, we all must say, ‘Enough!’”

Bowling Green Daily News: “No politician or civilian should ever make a comment that it is a good thing that someone has died. There is no place in our society for this kind out-of-bounds rhetoric. But, unfortunately, some people simply have no shame. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland apparently didn’t think that there was anything wrong about talking about someone passing away ‘it a good time’ in a recent speech.”

Bowling Green Daily News: “These comments are not only out of bounds, they are very hurtful to the Scalia family and countless people who were very close to the longtime justice. It is quite clear that Strickland has no class and many of the members in the audience at the event have no class.”