GOP Refuses To Pull “Sympathizes With Rapists” Ad

The ad was commissioned by the Ohio Republican Party in support of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp. He says he was unaware of the ad until he was contacted by news media.(Photo: Ohio Supreme Court/campaign materials)
The ad was commissioned by the Ohio Republican Party in support of incumbent Supreme Court Justice Robert Cupp. He says he was unaware of the ad until he was contacted by news media.(Photo: Ohio Supreme Court/campaign materials)

The Ohio Bar Association says a state Supreme Court justice must demand the state GOP pull a controversial ad from the airwaves.

But Republicans say that ad isn’t going anywhere.

The ad from the Ohio Republican Party supports Justice Robert Cupp and takes sharp aim at his opponent, Democrat Bill O’Neill.

“When crime occurs, victims deserve justice. But as a judge, Bill O’Neil expressed sympathy for rapists,” a woman says in the ad.

The spot targets a 12-year-old ruling that reversed a rape conviction and sent the case back for retrial.

Cupp wasn’t involved with the ad, but a letter from bar association chair Maxine Thomas says Cupp has to go beyond distancing himself and demand it be pulled. Cupp’s campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment, but state GOP spokesman Matthew Henderson says the ad will stay on the air.

“This is something that we’re running ourselves. This is something that’s not affiliated with the campaign,” Henderson says.

Ohio Democrats called the spot a new low, and a bar association committee has voted to review the ad.

Comments
  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.tartpoken Ben Tartpoken

    Wow, the party that just said a raped women may not have right to choose not to have the rapists baby, possibly interracial,definitely criminal wants to say the those who favor women’s choice are pro rapist. Now that is dishonest politics.

  • Reggie Huff

    Reggie Huff

    The real reason that the GOP is
    attacking Judge O’Neill in this exceptional manner at this time is because of
    the lawsuit my wife (permanently disabled due to Firstenergy hazard) and I
    filed in Federal Court on Oct 16th against Firstenergy naming five Republican
    Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court as “nominal”

    Defendants (Lisa G. Huff et al v. Firstenergy et al-12 CV 2583).

    Both my wife and I are lifelong registered Republicans. As such we could not be
    more concerned and disgusted at the state of the Ohio Judiciary and in
    particular the Ohio Supreme Court. Our suit charges that Firstenergy, through
    its top executives, loaded a super majority of Republican Justices up with
    illegal (straw donor), that’s ILLEGAL campaign cash with the expectation of and
    in exchange for specific exclusive improper official acts in a specific case
    redounding to illegal control of the Ohio Supreme Court for their exclusive and
    otherwise unobtainable benefit.

    Channel 21 WFMJ did a good and fair story on this case on Oct 18th in which a
    predicable irrelevant statement of recrimination released by Firstenergy was
    announced. Other news organizations have since been investigating and the Ohio
    GOP is anticipating a big shoe to drop in the final days of this campaign.

    The decision to file this suit was made earlier in the year without concern
    about the election. We did not know anything about Judge O’Neill. While it is
    true that Judge O’Neill’s Aug complaint filed against Justices Cupp &
    O’Donnell is mentioned in our suit because it lends credibility to it, Judge
    O’Neill otherwise had nothing to do with our case.

    As Republicans my wife and I must
    support Judge O’Neill in his campaign because he has proven himself principled
    on the issue of “MONEY AND JUDGES DON”T MIX”. As Republicans we
    are always talking about wanting our public officials to be principled so they
    are at least somewhat predictable.

    As far as the “rape” case is concerned, at a time when so many rape cases
    have been thrown out, post-conviction, due to DNA and some prosecutors have
    been exposed as being overeager to the point of being corrupt (Duke Lacrosse)
    do we really want a judge who is not principled and worried about future
    political attacks to rule on these cases? As Republicans, freedom and liberty
    are a hallmark of what we stand for yet the slightest misuse of the power of
    the state can destroy all that in a second. As a tough on crime Republican I
    Applaud Judge O’Neill for holding the trial court accountable for rushing to
    convict someone, guilty or not, without giving that person a fair chance to
    defend himself. This is precisely what appellate court judges are supposed to
    do and far too many do not do.

    Justice Cupp supports our current election system for judges on the basis that
    it allows the people to hold judges accountable and then supports a
    self-serving system where judicial complaints are secret. In order for the
    system to actually work as stated the people have to be informed of all
    newsworthy events especially those that cause an entire political party to go
    off the rails.

  • Reggie Huff

    Reggie Huff

    The real reason that the GOP is
    attacking Judge O’Neill in this exceptional manner at this time is because of
    the lawsuit my wife and I filed in Federal Court on Oct 16th against
    Firstenergy naming five Republican Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court as
    “nominal”

    Defendants (Lisa G. Huff et al v. Firstenergy et al-12 CV 2583). My wife’s
    permanent disability confining her to a nursing home directly involves issues
    surrounding a utility generated hazard.

    Both my wife and I are lifelong registered Republicans. As such we could not be
    more concerned and disgusted at the state of the Ohio Judiciary and in
    particular the Ohio Supreme Court. Our suit charges that Firstenergy, through
    its top executives, loaded a super majority of Republican Justices up with
    ILLEGAL (straw donor) campaign cash with the expectation of and in exchange for
    specific exclusive improper official acts in a specific case redounding to
    illegal control of the Ohio Supreme Court for their exclusive and otherwise
    unobtainable benefit.

    Channel 21 WFMJ did a good and fair story on this case on Oct 18th in
    which a predicable irrelevant statement of recrimination released by
    Firstenergy was announced. Other news organizations have since been
    investigating and the Ohio GOP is anticipating a big shoe to drop in the final
    days of this campaign.

    The decision to file this suit was made earlier in the year without concern
    about the election. We did not know anything about Judge O’Neill. While it is
    true that Judge O’Neill’s Aug complaint filed against Justices Cupp &
    O’Donnell is mentioned in our suit because it lends credibility to it, Judge
    O’Neill otherwise had nothing to do with our case.

    As Republicans my wife and I must support Judge O’Neill because he has proven
    himself principled on the issue of “MONEY AND JUDGES DON”T MIX”.
    As Republicans we are always talking about wanting our public officials to be
    principled so they are at least somewhat predictable.

    As far as the “rape” case is concerned, at a time when so many rape
    cases have been thrown out after conviction due to DNA and some prosecutors
    have been exposed as being overeager to the point of being corrupt (Duke
    Lacrosse) do we really want a judge who is not principled and worried about
    future political attacks to rule on these cases? As Republicans, freedom and
    liberty are a hallmark of what we stand for yet the slightest misuse of the
    power of the state can destroy all that a second. As a tough on crime
    Republican I Applaud Judge O’Neill for holding the trial court accountable for
    rushing to convict someone, guilty or not, without giving that person a fair
    chance to defend himself. This is precisely what appellate court judges are
    supposed to do and far too many do not do.

    Justice Cupp supports our current election system for judges on the basis that
    it allows the people to hold judges accountable and then supports a
    self-serving system where judicial complaints are secret. In order for the
    system to actually work as stated the people have to be informed of all
    newsworthy events especially those that cause an entire political party to go
    off the rails.