MOUNT VERNON — Anyone who attended the Knox County Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner and expected the usual fare of why they need to get out the votes and win the next elections, got more than they bargained for.
State Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland, who will be running for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014, electrified the full house of more than 100 Democrats at The Alcove.
She wasted no time in lambasting the Republicans, especially those who forced the 16-day shutdown of the government:
Eight hundred thousand people were idled, she said, and “people had to witness a temper tantrum by folks who have lost their minds.”
She raked the national Republicans over the coals for risking the faith and credit of the United States for partisan goals.
On the state level, she gave Gov. John Kasich credit for trying to expand Medicaid, but didn’t give him or the Republicans running the General Assembly credit for anything else except cutting local government funds while cutting taxes for the super-rich, limiting women’s access to birth control and doing their best to restrict voting rights.
“It was heartless of the General Assembly to take a recess for three months with its work undone and then come back and be unwilling to do the right thing,” she said of the Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid.
“It was heartless of them (Republicans in Congress) to cut funds for WIC or food stamps, or to not allow death benefits to be paid to the survivors of servicemen who were killed.”
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