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Women's Caucus Statement Following Arrest of Conspirators planning to Kidnap Governor Whitmer

October 8, 2020
Democratic Newsroom

Columbus – Chair Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and Vice Chair Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo), on behalf of the Executive Committee of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus, today issued a joint statement regarding the arrest of conspirators by the FBI, who were allegedly planning to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

“It is alarming that members of a citizen militia allegedly conspired to violently kidnap Governor Whitmer and force her to ‘stand trial’ for treason, purportedly related to her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a continuation of a pattern of female state leaders, such as former Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, being harassed and threatened with harm. The Women’s Caucus is deeply concerned that these conspirators felt comfortable meeting in our state to plot their disgusting actions. We condemn these alleged actions, as well as the continuation of harmful actions and rhetoric against female public officials.”