COLUMBUS – Today, David Pepper, Democratic Nominee for Ohio Attorney General, reacted to revelations that Mike DeWine has intervened or filed briefs in over 50 court cases across the country. Many of the cases deal with highly partisan issues and are apparently motivated by DeWine’s personal political agenda.
In fact, DeWine admitted that his personal beliefs drive what cases he chooses to enter. In one example, DeWine lead 19 other state attorneys general at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case to stop women from receiving birth control coverage under their employer-provided health insurance plans. He’s also entered similarly partisan cases in Nebraska, Arizona, Michigan, and other states.
“With so much work to do to ensure safety and clean government right here in Ohio, the Attorney General should not be wasting time and money entering partisan cases across the country,” Pepper said. “As Attorney General, I will leave the political squabbling to the DC politicians while I focus on cases that truly benefit the public interests of Ohio and its residents.”
Pepper has pledged to make the Attorney General’s process for getting involved in national court cases more transparent. If elected, he will post any and all involvement in cases outside of Ohio on the Attorney General’s website so that Ohioans can easily judge for themselves whether it is an appropriate use of their tax dollars.