Which is a really sweet gesture.

Ohio State Senate Majority Leader Tom Patton is facing Jennifer Herold in the Republican primary for the 7th House District. Patton doesn’t think Herold should even be running because she is a young mother. Doesn’t Herold know that young mothers aren’t legally allowed to work because their organs could fall out of their butts? Damn, women don’t know anything about science.

“The gal that’s running against me is a 30-year-old, you know, mom, mother of two infants,” the 62-year-old Republican said during a radio interview. “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? I waited until I was 48 and my kids were raised and at least adults before we took the opportunity to try.”

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“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.’”

“We realize the sacrifice that is involved in holding such a position,” Herold said in a statement. “However, Tom Patton has crossed a line by trying to turn the fact that I am 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.”

The Columbus Dispatch points out that a number of women serving in office have children. And so do men, like Gov. John Kasich.

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“Tom, only one man in my life is allowed to call me ‘sweetie,’” Herold continued. “From now on, I respectfully ask you to refer to me as Jen, Jennifer, Ms. Herold, or your opponent.”

Patton has since apologized, noting that he used “a poor choice of words.”

“I would asked to be judged on my hard work and advocacy for working families. I sincerely apologize if my words were misplaced on this matter.”

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Honestly not sure how his words were misplaced! Tell us how they were misplaced!


Contact the author at joanna@jezebel.com.

Image via Ohio Senate.