COLUMBUS, OH -- On Monday Ted Strickland “blasted” Senator Portman with “strong words” for abandoning his constitutional duty and refusing to even consider a new Supreme Court Justice.
Here’s what they’re saying in Ohio and across the country:
MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes: Strickland attacking Portman on the Supreme Court with “strong words.”
Politico: "Ted Strickland has been attacking Portman on the matter since Scalia’s death. 'Sen. Portman is failing to do his job, shirking his responsibilities to our nation, jeopardizing the institutions of our democracy and engaging in exactly the kind of dysfunctional behavior that frustrates Ohioans about Congress,’ Strickland said immediately after Portman’s Monday statement.”
CNN: "Portman’s Democratic opponent, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, blasted the incumbent's decision. 'Sen. Portman is failing to do his job, shirking his responsibilities to our nation, jeopardizing the institutions of our democracy and engaging in exactly the kind of dysfunctional behavior that frustrates Ohioans about Congress,' Strickland said.”
Cincinnati Enquirer: “The issue is a hot potato for the senator, who could face a close election for his seat against likely Democratic challenger Ted Strickland...Strickland...condemned the senator's decision.”
Toledo Blade, HEADLINE: Strickland challenges Portman to back Obama Supreme Court nomination: “Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, who hopes to replace Mr. Portman, chastised Mr. Portman, saying the senator has a constitutional obligation to consider a presidential nominee.”
The Vindicator: “Strickland of the Columbus area, the leading Democrat challenging Portman, said the senator “has abandoned his constitutional duties to the people of Ohio in order to once again prioritize the interests of the Washington power-brokers that he serves. Sen. Portman is failing to do his job, shirking his responsibilities to our nation, jeopardizing the institutions of our democracy and engaging in exactly the kind of dysfunctional behavior that frustrates Ohioans about Congress.”
Columbus Dispatch: Strickland: “This is bigger than politics or parties — it's about the institutions of our democracy. We cannot allow a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States to stand vacant for the sake of these kinds of crass political calculations.”
City Beat: “Former Ohio governor and U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Strickland yesterday held a news conference outside the Hamilton County Courthouse to blast incumbent Sen. Rob Portman over the senator’s refusal to consider a new Supreme Court justice appointed by President Barack Obama."
Washington Post: “Ted Strickland, the probable Democratic challenger to Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), was delivering a speech Saturday in Cleveland before the news of Scalia’s death on the importance of preventing the court from being “further radicalized” with conservative justices. Now, Strickland said in an interview Sunday, 'I intend to continue to talk about this until the polls close.’ His line of attack against Portman is going to be over whether the incumbent will abdicate any consideration of the selection to replace Scalia: ‘Senator Portman, who has your allegiance, your country or your party leaders?’”
Washington Post’s The Daily 202: “Pay particularly close attention to Portman, who is already vulnerable and could be wiped out if African Americans make up the same percentage of the electorate in 2016 as they did in 2012. They are likelier to vote if they believe he is disrespecting the first black president.”
The Associated Press: “Ted Strickland said Portman “has a clear choice to make: He can look out for his party and D.C. special interests by holding back President Obama’s nominee, or he can do his job for the people of Ohio.”
WLWT: “Ted Strickland demanded any nominees receive a fair hearing and a Senate vote following the constitutional guidelines.”
WBNS: Strickland: “Senator Portman has abandoned his constitutional duties to the people of Ohio.”
WKRC: “Former Governor Ted Strickland, the leading Democratic nominee, says incumbent Republican Rob Portman should allow the Senate vote on a nominee”