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GOP Refuses To Pull “Sympathizes With Rapists” Ad
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 isnâ€™t going anywhere.
The ad from the Ohio Republican Party supports Justice Robert Cupp and takes sharp aim at his opponent, Democrat Bill Oâ€™Neill.
â€œWhen crime occurs, victims deserve justice. But as a judge, Bill Oâ€™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 wasnâ€™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. Cuppâ€™s campaign didnâ€™t respond to requests for comment, but state GOP spokesman Matthew Henderson says the ad will stay on the air.
â€œThis is something that weâ€™re running ourselves. This is something thatâ€™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.