WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that he will not support two nominees to serve as Judges on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals because the nominees actively worked to strip Ohioans of their rights and failed to answer for their records in meetings with the Senator. Brown made the decision after meeting with Chad A. Readler and Eric E. Murphy, and examining their records over the course of several weeks. Their records include working to undermine the rights of Ohioans: to vote, to access to quality education, to be protected from abuses by financial institutions, and to marriage equality. Brown offered alternative choices and actively tried to work with the White House over the course of several weeks. Brown remains willing to work with the White House on alternative candidates that he could support.
As former Ohio Secretary of State, Senator Brown has always fought to protect Ohioans’ rights to vote.
“I believe Ohio kids have the right to quality education, Ohio citizens have the right to vote, working families have the right to be protected from abuse by big banks, and Ohioans have the right to marry the person they love,” Brown said. “I cannot support nominees who have actively worked to strip Ohioans of their rights. Special interests already have armies of lobbyists and lawyers on their side, they don’t need judges in their pockets.”
As Chair of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Chad Readler pushed to eliminate the provision of Ohio’s Constitution that provides students with the right to a “thorough and efficient” education. Readler also worked to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that Senator Brown helped to create to protect Ohioans from abuses by banks and payday lenders. He has also worked to strip Ohioans of their voting rights.
As the State Solicitor of Ohio in the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Eric Murphy argued against marriage equality in the landmark Obergefell case. He also defended Ohio’s voter purge. As former Ohio Secretary of State, Senator Brown has always fought to protect Ohioans’ rights to vote and has spoken out strongly against the voter purge.