September 22nd, 2010
03:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Ohio Democrat drops the 'F-bomb', not sorry

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.

Filed under: 2010 • Ohio
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Mary

    Hey, Art – maybe it's used referring to Dims! Get a life! There are THOSE on BOTH sides in politics ... as well as many other places.

    September 22, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. steve

    well well well...where is the outcry from the dems on this on...oh wait the king and his court can say this crap and get away with least it wasnt racially motivated...or was it?? all u dems quit drinking the kool-aid and step off the spaceship and come back to reality..obama is human and not the savior...10% ump housing down and how is that job search working out??

    September 22, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Nellie Bly

    I usually get all in a dither of swear words but this time, it just seems so appropriate, I'll over look it. Good for you, Chris Redfern!

    September 22, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Jesse

    Well for one thing is that when there are so many people that are against the healthcare bill. Then it seems to me that probably most of the people should be heard. But as far as him dropping the F word. I learn that when someone curses, it is showing his lack of verbal skills to get his point across. Well seems to me that there are a lot of politicians that lack the verbal capacity to get their points across.

    September 22, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. D. Bunker

    Jeez, who hasn't thought about using that word when discussing ignorant GOBPbaggers?

    September 22, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. neverquit

    Yawn, why is this news?

    September 22, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. JOHN

    only F-bomb? those FOX PPL DESERVE MORE THAN THAT

    September 22, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. bob

    He's a pig!

    But then, most dem's are............

    September 22, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Fricsaid

    I cannot believe this is news. I hear a lot of people pointing their finger at the media for all the crap that is being presented on TV and in the papers. Truth is, the media gives us what we want. Don't like what you see or read? Perhaps we need to change what we like.

    September 22, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Chris

    So everybody uses the word but nobody is allowed to use it publicly at an event?
    While republicans are off cheating on their wives, meeting strange men in public restrooms, chasing around their male pages in congress and trying to entice young men into compromising situations, I think we're at the point where we can overlook the slip of a tongue when it comes to speaking.

    September 22, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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