Ohio Democratic senatorial candidate and former governor Ted Strickland apologized Wednesday after seemingly joking that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia‘s death came at an opportune moment.
“My friends, a lot of average citizens out there don’t understand the importance of [the Supreme Court],” Strickland told a room of AFL-CIO supporters Monday in audio secretly recorded and posted to YouTube. “I mean, the death of Scalia saved labor from a terrible decision.”
That statement was meant with applause and cheers. “And I don’t wish anyone ill,” he said to more laughter, “but it happened at a good time because once that decision had been made, it would have been tough to reverse it.”
When asked about the comments by The Washington Examiner, Strickland expressed regret. “That was an insensitive remark and I apologize,” he said.
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