Ohio State Senate Majority Leader Tom Patton thinks his opponent, 30-year-old mother of two Jennifer Herold, should drop out of the Republican primary to go raise her family. Patton is running against Jennifer Herold in the Republican primary for the 7th House District.
During a radio interview the 62-year-old Republican questioned his opponent’s ability to balance work with caring for her family, “the gal that’s running against me is a 30-year-old, you know, mother of two infants. And I don’t know if anybody explained to her we’ve got to spend three nights a week in Columbus. So, how does that work out for you?”
Not content with telling Herold her place is at home with her children, Patton took his rant a step further, “I want to tell her, ‘Hey Sweetie, I just got 27 percent of the pie in just my district, which is nine times what should have been done.’”
Herold scolded Patton for his disrespectful behavior, “Tom, only one man in my life is allowed to call me ‘sweetie.’ From now on, I respectfully ask you to refer to me as Jen, Jennifer, Ms. Herold, or your opponent.”
She went on to criticize Patton for suggesting that motherhood makes her the lesser candidate, “Tom Patton has crossed a line by trying to turn the fact that I a mother of two children into a negative campaign issue. It’s insulting for my opponent to suggest that motherhood is a liability. In fact, my experience as a mom is perhaps my greatest strength.”
Patton has since apologized, nothing his “poor choice of words.”
“I would ask to be judged on my hard work and advocacy for working families. I sincerely apologize if my words were misplaced on this matter.” Nothing says “I am an advocate for working families” like telling a woman she is unfit to run for office because she is a mother.