SHEFFIELD TWP. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown believes the country could be ready for a blue wave this November and is optimistic that the Democratic Party’s candidates in Ohio can challenge Republicans.
Brown, D-Cleveland, spoke Thursday at a campaign rally at the Laborer’s Union Local 758 Hall. While Brown spoke some about his own race for re-election against U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, the senator spoke highly of the other Democratic Party candidates, including Congressional candidates Ken Harbaugh and Janet Garrett and state Senate candidate Sharon Sweda, who were in attendance at the rally.
“I’m optimistic because I’ve seen a pushback (on President Donald Trump),” Brown said. “We have candidates in all 99 House districts. We have candidates in all 17 Senate districts. These are not just placeholders that are just there. These are candidates that can actually win.”
Brown said he’s been encouraged by the many in the county who have fought against the current administration.
“A year and a half ago, if you had said to me, ‘What are the chances of holding on to the Affordable Care Act?’ I would have said close to zero,” he said. “But then the Women’s March happened the day after the inauguration (of Trump). Then seven or eight days later, people went to the airports and stood up for immigrants. People are pushing back on this President’s decision.”
Brown also took aim at the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families, which he called “despicable” and the “most mean-spirited thing our country has done in decades.”
The senator also spoke of a pin of a canary in a cage that he wore on the lapel of his jacket, which he said he was given by a man in Lorain years ago.
“This pin represents what the labor union has done, what the progressive movement has done, and what people that fight for women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights and all the things we care about,” he said. “When those mine workers would go in, there was no union strong enough to protect them and no government was there to protect them. That mine worker was on his own.”
Things changed due to people and unions fighting for rights of people, groups and workers, Brown said.
“That’s who we are as a country,” he said. “That’s what our values are, and that’s why we fight like hell for people like Sweda, Harbaugh and Garrett, my race, (gubernatorial candidate Richard) Cordray and up and down. That’s why I’m optimistic.”