Washington (CNN) - The Ohio Democratic Party chairman said he had no apologies after video emerged on Tuesday of him referring to detractors as "f-ers" at a political event.
"If your kid's going to graduate from college, now he or she gets health care – your health care – while he or she looks for a new job. In the very base terms, we win these arguments. And every time one of these f–ers says– excuse my language." Chris Redfern said on the video captured by a WTOV camera.
Redfern was speaking at a private United Steelworkers union hall when he dropped the expletive referring "to those who believe that health care is a privilege and not a right," he said.
Redfern told CNN that he was not aware the camera was on, but said he would not back down from his comments.
"I was invited to speak at a private meeting," Redfern said. "I said a word that you have used as well."
After his "colorful language" received significant media attention on Wednesday, Redfern sent a letter to supporters reiterating his earlier message, though in a slightly less explicit tone.
"I spoke passionately about the issues at stake in this election," Redfern said in the letter. "Now, our Republican Tea Party opponents are whining and calling language I used obscene. Let's talk about what is truly obscene."
Redfern then listed several grievances with the "Republican Tea Party," including that "they engage in campaigns of lies and fear against our president, our governor, and others - all with the goal of keeping us silent and sitting at home."
The unrepentant chairman also implored Ohio Democrats to join him "passionately and unapologetically in our efforts."
Ohio, which swung to the Democrats during the 2008 presidential election, is proving to be one of the most challenging states for Democrats this election cycle.
According to a CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation survey released last week, a majority of voters favor the Republicans in Ohio's Senate and gubernatorial races. Republicans also expected to win back a number of House seats in the crucial 2012 presidential battleground state.
Updated 7:00 p.m.