The Lieutenant Governor of Ohio has called for the resignation of a sitting U.S. Senator after allegations of physical and verbal abuse of the Senator’s ex-wife have re-surfaced.
“I am thoroughly disgusted by the allegations of domestic abuse against Sherrod Brown that recently came to light,” said Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s statement. “As a wife and mother, I can think of nothing more cowardly and despicable than a husband verbally and physically abusing his spouse in front of his children. To attempt to sweep this under the rug as simply ‘angry words’ does a gave disservice to victims everywhere.”
Taylor continued, blasting the Democrat party for enabling alleged abusers like Brown, as they have done with party co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).
“I believe that Senator Brown should immediately resign because Ohioans deserve better representation in one of our most hallowed institutions,” she said. “Furthermore, I am troubled by his enablers in the Democrat party who seem to pick and choose where to apply the standards of decency we all hold dear, which bespeaks the partisan tribalism of today’s day and age.”
Allegations of domestic abuse recently resurfaced against Brown when a PAC called Me Too Ohio launched an ad reminding Ohioans of just who Brown is.
“Now, Senator Sherrod Brown is facing his own #MeToo moment from his past. These court records show sworn evidence that Brown’s ex-wife accused him of abusing her. She said Brown assaulted her. A judge had to issue a restraining order,” the PAC’s ad states.
Brown is running to keep his seat in November against insurgent Republican Jim Renacci…
Court documents show that Brown was accused of assaulting his ex-wife Larke Ummel Brown and acting cruelly toward her and the couple’s two small children.
Larke Brown lobbed damaging accusations against Sherrod, then the Ohio Secretary of State, in her 1986 complaint for divorce:
“Plaintiff further states that Defendant has been guilty of gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty toward her, by reason of which Plaintiff is entitled to an absolute divorce.”
“I am also intimidated by the Defendant and am in fear for the safety and well-being of myself and our children due to the Defendant’s physical violence and abusive nature,” Larke Brown wrote in her affidavit requesting a restraining order, dated May 12, 1986.
Brown’s ex-wife has denounced the GOP for using her divorce filings as a political tool against Sherrod, but has not recanted any of her allegations.
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