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. T'SAH from Virginia

    Okay – I was getting ready to FREAK OUT while CNN change their format of the screens. At first, it was looking NASTY and it did not have a submit button!!!

    Anyway, it looks like we're back in busines and all I have to say about this article is -– DEMOCRATS – Let's continue to get FIRED UP and READY to GO – NOW I see that the Democratic Politicians are STATING the CASE – therefore us voters will UNITE the BASE and if we keep this up, we will WIN this RACE in November 2010!!!

    T'SAH from Virginia – the Original Liberal – and I approve this message!!!

    September 22, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Jdee

    Who cares? Everyone uses profanity. It may be unprofessional but it does not mean that you are a bad person. Get over it.

    September 22, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Jack

    oh God. I'm certain the steelworkers never heard that kind of language before. They only speak the King's English.

    September 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Charlie in Maine

    Ba dchoice of words but he is dead on right.

    September 22, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Glenn Koons

    With the new WAPO book out on Obama's ineptness as CIC, his lefty views on liberty, his inane views on the Founding of America and his absent use of our Creator God in aiding our Independence and creation , his 9.6% unemployment with 16% under-employment, and his arrogance in dissing our military, it is no surprise that his defenders out in the nation-outside of the Beltway are frustrated socialists so they have to play class warfare against the Teas and Indies, Libertarians,Pubs and even common sense Reagan Dems. So they blast away and could care less about real class. They are simply ,classless.

    September 22, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Hey, he was just "fitting in" with the steel workers. I like a guy that can speak his mind. I'd vote for him if I lived in Ohio.

    September 22, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. ART

    Thats a word I use every day when referring to Republicans and tea baggers

    September 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Ed in Reno, Nevada

    So what. He spoke what was on his mind.

    September 22, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. lil

    It was a private meeting. He spoke his mind. He meant what he said. He did not take it back. I agree with him. Now pay your spies.

    September 22, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    Sometimes, I love it when politicians curse. It can show how passionate they are about what they are saying, and it's so rare we actually get to see true passion from someone on Capitol Hill, especially when it's for something good.

    September 22, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    OH NOES....our poor virgin ears!!!

    Seriously, this article reads like one sibling running to mommy to tattle that other one used a naughty word. Grow the f-ck up.

    September 22, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Gail

    Okay, he used a curse word. So what?

    September 22, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. RufusVonDufus

    Typical union-loving-foul-mouthed Dem! Can't wait for November to get rid of most of them.

    September 22, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Ben in Texas

    What a worthy story, CNN! Reminds me of Young Frankenstein. "He said a dirty word, he said a dirty word!"

    September 22, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Seems like a lot of Dems, are unable to express themselves without cursing, these days. That simply demonstrates their frustrations, or their lack of social training, not sure which.

    September 22, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. GeeWizz

    Nice post CNN! This is a great start; you're now reporting wrongs on both sides of the aisle. Remember the media has to be the impartial referee that holds both sides accountable and isn’t afraid of backlash from either party; why because the facts have been researched and are true.

    September 22, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Joe in Indy

    He left off the first part..."mother." LOL

    September 22, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "you're now reporting wrongs on both sides of the aisle."

    Oh please. Why don't you entertain us with your explaination of why this is a "wrong." Dance puppet...dance!

    September 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. chowderchops

    awww how cute, a dem got mad enough to cuss, lol. good luck in november :o)

    September 22, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Michael

    You know what the people he was referring too(the ones who believe healthcare is a privilege not a right) should go to hell and burn where they belong. These people would deny a kid who has cancer treatment just because his family is not well off does not mean he should suffer while a rich kid goes into the hospital because his tummy hurts o wah wah.

    September 22, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. David S

    Tacky, yes, but otherwise, who cares if politicians drop "f-bombs?" People should be far more concerned about the real bombs our politicians drop on innocent people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

    September 22, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. mike

    it is not what he said but the fact behind his comment healthcare is a right and not a privilege if everyone in this country decide not to take healthcare insurance remember one thing they would be out of business so when these idiots say it is a privilege they are to stupid to understand in there little mind that there would be no healthcare insurance at all the problem is that most americans can't afford to do that so we have to face the facts and that is we get sick because we are human and when we do we should receive care and not become a burden on the tax payer the healthcare insurance companies have had the ability to get away with not insuring the people that need it the most and pawning them on to tax payer well the party is over

    September 22, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Wendy

    True to form, you Repugs like to rewrite history. From June 25, 2004 Washington Post article: A brief argument between Vice President Cheney and a senior Democratic senator led Cheney to utter a big-time obscenity on the Senate floor this week. Trust me, when it comes to being "simply classless", this guy doesn't hold a candle to the Dick.

    September 22, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. jeff, alabama

    Dropping the f...word in public is common place among the party of no
    moral fiber.
    When a Republican does it it;s an accident. When a democrat does it it's for fun.

    September 22, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. WTF??

    Who cares- it's just a word.

    September 22, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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