TIFFIN, OH — The GOP primary brawl for the 26th district Ohio Senate seat being vacated by term-limited Sen. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) continued to heat up on Thursday as conservative candidate Melissa Ackison posted a video to Facebook blistering her opponent, State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin).
“Why did I get an e-mail last night from my opponent’s attorneys in an attempt to stifle me from having a relationship with the Tiffin paper, or to intimidate me?” Ackison asked in the video.
“When Bill Reineke gets intimidated, he lawyers up. When Melissa Ackison gets intimidated… I’m just kidding, I never get intimidated,” Ackison said. “This is going to be a long five months. Mostly for you, Bill.”
Ackison’s video comes after she received an e-mail from Bill Reineke’s attorneys, which she says is an attempt to intimidate her from speaking to the press.
The 26th senate district includes all or part of Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Morrow, Marion, and Union counties, a district that Ms. Ackison referred to as “God’s country.”
Ackison, who ran in the 2018 Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and came in third behind Jim Renacci and Mike Gibbons, describes herself on her Facebook profile as a “Liberty loving, gun toting, Bible carrying, 80/90’s hip hop enthusiast & habitual line stepper.”
Ackison says she is running on a conservative platform.
“As a victim of Obamacare and as advocate for others in my position, I have a deep and very personal mission to overhaul the healthcare system. Free market design and marketplace competition coupled with patient centered insurance regulations are the only way to give the American people freedom of choice for their healthcare needs,” Ackison said of healthcare, one of her major campaign issues. “As the Justice for All candidate, I am pro-life and am steadfast in my convictions. Joining the popular support of organizations performing barbaric procedures to our women is something I will never endorse.”
She previously criticized Reineke after attending his campaign announcement event, calling him an “establishment candidate.”
“[Reineke] has ZERO major legislative accomplishments under his belt as a state rep, is rated as a “somewhat conservative” and is another wealthy stately looking gentleman (not that I ever expect any level of diversity),” Ackison said in a previous statement.
Attempts to reach out to Bill Reineke’s campaign for comment were not returned.
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