Following tonight’s vote on Issue 2, in which Ohio voters struck down SB 5, the anti-workers’ rights measure passed by Republicans in Ohio and signed into law by Republican Governor John Kasich, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:
“Tonight’s vote was a victory for middle class families across the state of Ohio, whose basic workplace protections—including the collective bargaining rights of Ohio’s public employees—were under assault as a result of SB 5. Tonight, Ohio’s voters rejected Issue 2 as a blatantly partisan attempt to lay the blame for our economy on middle class Americans, while letting the wealthiest and special interests off the hook and not asking them to pay their fair share. Voters in Ohio know that targeting public employees for political reasons will do nothing to create jobs or boost Ohio’s economy.
“I want to congratulate Organized Labor, Democratic activists and public employees for overcoming the likes of Mitt Romney and the millions of dollars in Tea Party and special interest money which poured into Ohio to prop up this misguided effort and the unpopular Governor who pursued it. Issue 2 and Senate Bill 5 were clearly designed by Governor Kasich and his Republican allies in the state legislature to pander to the most extreme right-wing elements of the Republican Party. With misguided priorities like these, it’s not hard to see why Governor Kasich is routinely ranked as among the most unpopular governors in the country. Tonight’s vote was a defeat for Ohio Republicans, and it was a defeat for Republican presidential candidates like Romney who supported the effort to take away the rights of Ohio’s workers. Their actions were an insult to working families across the state—an insult Ohio voters won’t soon forget.”