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Why doesn’t Ohio finally make it illegal for Democrats to run for Congress?

 

Over the years Ohio’s Republican dominated legislature has been hell-bent on engaging in gross gerrymandering to eliminate most if not all of its U.S. congressional seats from going to Democrat candidates.

 

One particular case involved my old Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Toledo. Marcy was and is a really good and honest representative in acting in the best interests of her constituents.

 

In 2011, the Republican state legislature engaged in extreme gerrymandering when they merged Marcy’s district in Toledo with Dennis Kucinich’s district in Cleveland despite the fact that the distance between the two districts was 141 miles.

 

Unfortunately, the scam bore fruit for the Republicans when March defeated Kucinich, thereby eliminating Kucinich’s district.

 

As we speak (ca. April 2022), Ohio has sixteen (16) members of congress, with twelve (12) being Republicans and four (4) being Democrats.

 

With the most recent gerrymandering scheme, the GOP intends on eliminating two (2) Democrat seats which would then leave Ohio’s delegation at 14 Republicans v. 2 Democrats. Past presidential election results in Ohio prove that Republicans do not outnumber Democrats by a 14 to 2 margin.

  • 2020 – Trump = 53.2% v. Biden 45.2% = + 8.0 % for Trump
  • 2016 – Trump = 51.3% v. Clinton 43.2% = + 8.1% for Trump
  • 2012 – Romney = 47.7% v. Obama 50.7% = + 3.0 % for Obama
  • 2008 – McCain = 46.9% v. Obama 51.5% = + 4.6 for Obama
  • 2004 – Bush = 50.8% v. Kerry 48.7% = + 2.1% for Bush
  • 2000 – Bush = 49.9% v. Gore 46.5% = + 3.4% for Bush
  • 1996 – Dole = 41.02% v. Clinton 47.4% = + 6.38 for Clinton

The figures above clearly establish that the past seven (7) presidential elections resulted in a 21.6% margin for Republicans in 4 elections for an average margin of a 5.40% v. 13.98% for Democrats in 3 elections for an average margin of 4.66%.

 

2020 election resulted in Ohioans casting a total of 5,833,999 votes for president. It would take hyperbole (BS) to new and as yet unseen levels to argue that 14 out of 16 congressmen from Ohio should be Republicans.

 

Since the GOP in Ohio is hell-bent on ridding the state of any Democrat representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and since they control the state assembly by a 74 to 27 margin and the state senate by a 25 to 8 margin, why don’t they just pass legislation making it illegal for a Democrat to hold elected office as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives?

 

If the Republicans in Columbus voted to outlaw Democratic representation in Congress they would save overtaxed Ohioan a lot of money by eliminating the need for any further litigation over gerrymandering.

 

And lastly, the Ohio GOP need not fear that the U.S. Supreme Court would declare such legislation unconstitutional since Republicans on the Court outnumber Democrats by a 6 to 3 margin.

 

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