MIDDLETOWN — A candidate for the 53rd Ohio House District seat has criticized her opponent as “crass and irresponsible” following a Facebook post that included a joke referencing the “suspicious package” that resulted in CNN’s New York headquarters being evacuated Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Candice Keller, the state representative from the 53rd District, posted a Facebook comment about a story covering the package at CNN.
Keller, R-Middletown, wrote: “Maybe they thought the package contained real news?” referring to a story with the headline: “‘Suspicious package’ prompts evacuation at CNN’s New York headquarters.”
When contacted by this news organization, Keller did not answer whether she thought her Facebook post was inappropriate. She issued this statement: “I’m glad our law-enforcement professionals caught (suspected bombmaker) Cesar Sayoc quickly. Terrorists of any sort need to be apprehended, prosecuted, and when convicted, given harsh sentences.”
Keller represents the 53rd Ohio House District, which includes northern and western Butler County. She is running against Rebecca Howard, a Democrat from Reily Township, in the Nov. 6 general election.
On Friday, Howard tweeted: “This is what the current rep for my district thinks is an appropriate response to a bomb threat. This is crass and irresponsible. This is why I’m running.”