LIMA — Janet Garrett, D-Oberlin, had fighting words for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, during a labor rally held Wednesday night in the workspace of the UA Local 776 training facility.
“Can you hear me? Can you hear me?” Garrett repeated at the front end of her speech. “The reason I’m asking is because I taught for 35 years so I worked with young children, and I never developed what they call a teacher voice. So I want to make sure that you can hear me when I say this is the woman that’s going to take down Jim Jordan!”
Garrett, a retired teacher, is challenging Jordan this November for Ohio’s 4th Congressional District, and she’s looking to prove the adage, “the third time’s the charm,” by capitalizing on a message of resistance. Garrett ran and lost by wide margins against Jordan in 2016 and 2014.
“I’m seeing a change in the wind,” Garrett said. “And we have a real good chance of a blue wave, but we’re going to have to work really hard to make it happen. But it’s worth it, isn’t it? Because God help us if it doesn’t happen, right?”
A similar message was repeated by Democratic candidate for Ohio Treasurer, Rob Richardson, during the labor rally.
“This is a test of our moral character of who we want to be as a nation. Everything we stand for. Everything we believe in. All of that is on the line, not just about unions, not just about working people. This is about if we are going to have a functioning democracy,” Richardson said.
During their speeches, Garrett and Richardson both referenced riding the “blue wave,” or what political commenters call the expected mass election of liberal candidates in 2018 due to President Donald Trump’s actions in the White House.
Garrett pointed out Jordan has been a strong supporter of Trump’s actions. As an example, she claimed Jordan has ignored making any public comment on the latest news — the eight-count conviction of Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and guilty plea of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen — resulting from the ongoing investigations surrounding Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“Even if you think someone might throw an apple at you or something, you know? You got to stand up for your values, because this is the time, folks,” Garrett said.
Other speakers included local labor union leaders and Mayor David Berger, who also said a few words about the national situation.
“Our freedoms, our ability to function as a communities, it can go away when we don’t have people that care, that stand up for the law, that are willing to actually provide the kind of leadership, the moral and legal leadership that make the difference,” Berger said in support of Garrett.
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