In reality, it was Chabot who voted to block funding for local law enforcement. Now, with election forecasters suggesting Landsman can flip this seat in November, Chabot has resorted to peddling lies from his Washington party bosses to try to deceive voters.
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The Cincinnati Enquirer: Chabot being Chabot by invoking Nancy Pelosi, ‘defund the police’ GOP talking points
Steve Chabot is aggressively trying to define Democrat challenger Greg Landsman as a supporter of the unpopular defund-the-police movement in one of Ohio’s most competitive congressional races.
Does Landsman actually support defunding the police?
Or is this Chabot being Chabot, picking a national campaign talking point and beating it into the ground? For the Westwood Republican, has “defund the police” replaced Green New Deal as the three-word campaign attack slogan?
Landsman’s voting record as a member of Cincinnati City Council has been consistent on the issue: He has regularly supported funding the police.
In fact, the Mount Washington resident has voted for budgets that have collectively increased funding for the police by nearly $20 million since he was first elected in 2017.
No one who has closely watched Landsman on council has viewed him as a supporter of the defund the police movement. In his council reelection bid last year, Landsman didn’t include coded defund-the-police language in campaign materials unlike some of his Democratic colleagues.
Why is Steve Chabot attacking Democrat challenger Greg Landsman?
So where is this coming from?
Asked specifically why Chabot is attacking Landsman on the defund-the-police issue, Chabot campaign manager John Gomez brought up that Landsman once worked for Nancy Pelosi before she was Speaker of the House.
Landsman worked briefly in Pelosi’s congressional office in 1999. But Pelosi and the cost of gas and groceries are irrelevant to what I asked about.
This is what Chabot does. He exploits past comments made by his opponents without nuance or context. In 2020, Chabot tried to portray Clifton’s Kate Schroder as a radical leftist by repeatedly saying she was a big supporter of the Green New Deal – even though she wasn’t.
If you got sick of hearing Green New Deal two years ago, then brace yourself for hearing “defund the police.” Ohio’s 1st Congressional District is now considered a tossup after all of blue-leaning Cincinnati was included in the new map.
As chair of council’s budget committee, Landsman recently led the effort for the city to approve a second police recruit class this year to address personnel shortages. The money is coming from federal pandemic-relief funding. The city hasn’t had two recruit classes in one year in more than a decade.
“I do think it says a lot about him,” Landsman said of Chabot. “He’s so far removed about what’s happening. We are talking about adding to the public safety spend. I’m 4-for-4 and about to go 5-for-5 on supporting police budgets.”