Ohio House Of Representatives Member Blames Dayton Shooting On Gay Marriage And Transgender People

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Who Is Candice Keller? New Details On Ohio House Of Reprensentatives Member Who Blamed Dayton Shooting On Gay Marriage And Transgender People

When a person is elected by the people of their state to represent the state's best interests, the dream is that it is a person who can fight for everyone and not just a chosen few. Worst case scenario, you'll get a politician with whom you don't agree, but whose years of experience let you know that they at least vaguely know what they are talking about. So, who is Candice Keller? She's the nightmare. Keller, a rep from Ohio, decided that the slaughter that took place in Dayton was the perfect opportunity for her to issue a screed of bile towards well...anyone who doesn't share her views. Here's what she did.

1. In The News

The Ohio House of Representatives is reeling today after the slaughter in Dayton. Making the situation no better is Candice Keller, the 67-year-old rep of the state's 53rd district. Why is Keller under attack in the press? Because immediately following the announcement about the mass shooting in Dayton in which nine people were killed on Sunday, August 4th, she chose to get on Facebook and issue a crazed statement blaming the "breakdown of the traditional American family (and thank you transgender, homosexual marriage, drag queen advocates)" for the atrocities that took place this weekend.  

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2. Read It And Weep 

Candice shared her raw (that's the nicest I'll be) reaction to the shootings in Dayton a handful of hours after the attacks made the news. I'm going to warn you that this is pretty triggering to uh everyone? Keller wrote: "After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs? The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals (open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (hello, parents who defend misbehaving students); disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama); hatred of our veterans (thank you, professional athletes who you hate our flag and national anthem); the Dem Congress, many members whom are openly anti-Semitic; the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and the church (until the elect a president); state officeholders, who have no interest whatsoever in learning about our Constitution and the Second Amendment; and snowflakes, who can’t accept a duly-elected President. Did I forget anybody? The list is long. And the fury will continue.” She has not deleted the post, but she has, she confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that she made it private. 

3. Reactions To Her Post 

As one might expect (were they not Candice Keller), there's been a huge reaction to her post from both the left and the right and the reactions to it aren't just coming from people in Ohio. Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach, a Democrat married to a man, made sure that Keller's constituents knew how to reach her, writing: “Ohio State Representative Candice Keller (represents Middletown, Ohio) says the shootings happened because of my marriage to Craig. And marijuana. And “transgender.” And “drag queen advocates.” ME AGAIN! And Obama. And Open Borders. Let her know what you think. 614-644-5094.” Todd Hall, the Republican Party Chairman for Keller's county simply said: “Some want to politicize these events, and I cannot condone such comment and behavior.” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, also a Republican, shared screenshots on her post and posted them with a simple: “No, ma'am. The blame belongs to the evil man who killed those people.”

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4. Keller's Political Experience 

Keller isn't a novice when it comes to politics. She was first elected to the Ohio House in 2016 and won back her seat with more than 63% of the vote in 2018 over the Democratic candidate. In fact, in May of this year, Keller announced that she actually planned on running for the Ohio Senate in 2020. According to her campaign website, Keller is a "Constitutional Conservative Republican that is pro-life, pro-gun and opposes common core, sanctuary cities, and Obamacare. Candice’s goal is to empower small business owners by fixing the tax code, reducing regulatory burdens, and listening to the needs of our local farmers.”

5. Against Sanctuary Cities 

While Keller's take is appalling, it's not the first time she's done something morality bankrupt. Candice Keller is also a person who sponsored a bill that proposes to end Sanctuary Cities in Ohio. House Bill 169 “requires state and local authorities to cooperate with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration laws, to sanction those that fail to do so, and to declare an emergency.” When criticized about the bill, Keller said: "This bill is about restoring law and order to our land. This bill is about giving Ohioans some security in their own communities by knowing their public servants are not undermining the legal immigration process... The policies and declarations of cities proclaiming they are ‘sanctuary cities’ become beacons, attracting criminals to their communities and the public officials adopting these policies should be held accountable for not doing their job — protecting their citizens."

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6. Keller's Personal Background 

According to the state of Ohio's House website, Keller says that she comes from a faith-based home with a "“focus on hard work, education and a strong faith in God. These were the values that began her future in public service and inspires her to this day," a statement that seems completely at odds with the behavior she has indulged in on Facebook. The Ohio native when to school in state at Miami University, and has been married to her husband Kent for over forty years. Together they have two sons and seven grandchildren and statistically, that means that at least one of her offspring is either gay themselves or produced a gay grandbaby with this monster of a human being. May she see the error of her ways long before they discover the truth about the hate in heart. 

Rebecca Jane Stokes is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York with her cats, Batman and Margot. She's an experienced generalist with a passion for lifestyle, geek news, pop culture, and true crime.