LIMA — During the city’s weekly press conference, Mayor David Berger responded to a recently published article in The Lima News that resulted from an interview with gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine.
Berger said he had not “criticized” DeWine on his policies concerning the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, but rather he was presenting a statement by Dewine’s gubernatorial opponent Richard Cordray showing support for a statewide department focused on military bases — a recommendation made in a report by the Ohio Base Realignment and Closure and Military Affairs Task Force.
The Lima News reported that the mayor “questioned DeWine’s support of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center.”
In late September, Berger, as the co-chair of the nonprofit Task Force LIMA, which supports pro-JSMC policies, said he had reached out to both DeWine’s campaign and Cordray’s campaign for a public statement on a Ohio BRAC report setting priorities for whoever holds the governor’s seat. Berger said despite repeated efforts, he received a response from Cordray, but he did not hear back from DeWine.
DeWine’s campaign did release a statement in support of BRAC policies later that evening after reports from the meeting were published by The Lima News and Your Hometown Stations concerning the information presented to Task Force LIMA.
Berger has been critical of DeWine on other occasions. Backed by the Ohio Democratic Party, Berger has made public statements about DeWine’s lack of action as Ohio’s attorney general to defend provisions of the Affordable Care Act that ensure coverage of those with pre-existing medical conditions.
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