Ohio Republican Party leader, Jane Timken yesterday called for Rep. Candice Keller to resign from her Butler County seat after the her comments about Sunday’s mass shooting in Dayton.
On Sunday Keller posted on Facebook a laundry list of blame, including “drag queen advocates,” the Democratic Congress, Obama, violent video games, gay marriage, the hatred of veterans and others (not the shooter) for the deaths of nine people in Dayton.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones tweeted that Keller should resign at once, saying,
And on Monday afternoon, Timken called for Keller’s resignation too in a statement saying,
“While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening. Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable. Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness.”
But the problem OBVIOUSLY isn’t video games or trans people. It’s a deflection and the GOP in general is blaming anything other than lax guns laws and the huge number of firearms in this country.
Keller, of course is not obligated to resign. Ohio officials can be voted out of office or removed from their position if they are convicted of a felony.
But another less-used method in the Ohio Constitution allows for the removal of a lawmaker via a vote of two-thirds of the Ohio House of Representatives. After a complaint and hearing, elected officials can also be removed for
“any misconduct involving moral turpitude”
Keller lives about 25 miles from Dayton where one mass shooting took place and runs a Christian pregnancy resource center and made headlines for comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazis. She also spoke on a white power advocate’s radio show and pushed for banning so-called sanctuary cities .
If her Ohio constituents tolerate her remarks and let them go unpunished then they condone her racist, homophobic, xenophobic, hate-filled rhetoric, and are standing behind her.
Writer Paul Rudnick didn’t ask for Keller’s resignation but nailed her attitude and provided some comic relief in a very unfunny situation.
Ohio State Rep Candice Keller, who's blamed gay marriage, Obama and "drag queen advocates" for gun violence, is seen here singing the hymn, "The Lord Made These Hair Extensions So You Just Shut Up." The scarf draped at her neck is actually Kellyanne Conway in a sleeveless dress pic.twitter.com/QiTEHLlvHp— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) August 5, 2019
Candice Keller should resign at once. Shame shame— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) August 5, 2019