A line has been drawn within the Grand Old Party.
On one side are new wave conservative-populists like Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis while the other side is occupied by establishment dinosaurs like Mitch McConnell and Nikki Haley.
And Mike DeWine’s attempt to pay his donors back at the expense of children just blew up in his face.
Governor DeWine puts Ohio children at risk
Last June, the Ohio House of Representatives passed the Saving Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act by a 64-28 vote.
The State Senate followed suit and passed the ban on men in women’s sports, along with puberty-blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender reassignment surgeries for minors by an even wider 24-8 margin a couple of weeks before Christmas.
Governor Mike DeWine sat on the bill for weeks, with many political insiders expecting him to let the deadline to sign it pass, which would have made it de facto law.
Instead, DeWine held a surprise press conference where he announced he had caved to the radical Left and would be vetoing the SAFE Act.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 2, 2024
The Post Millennial revealed the potential reason why DeWine would turn his back on his constituents and side with the radical Left.
Oh, and then there's "Friends of Ohio Hospitals" which has sent DeWine over $40,000.
Friends of Ohio Hospitals is funded by the senior employees, lobbyists, and Super PACs of many major hospitals in Ohio and around the nation.
Perhaps they might have some financial interest? pic.twitter.com/d3fbG9kk8s
— Parker Thayer (@ParkerThayer) December 29, 2023
According to the Post Millennial’s report, DeWine’s re-election campaign accepted more than $80,000 from hospital associations and hospitals that make profits performing the surgeries and prescribing the medication that would have been banned under the SAFE Act.
DeWine was blistered by conservatives inside and outside of the Buckeye State.
Ohio legislature tells DeWine where he can stick his veto
And now it appears the veto that exposed him as a left-wing elitist masquerading as a Republican was all for naught.
The Ohio legislature has overridden Mike DeWine’s veto of the common-sense child safety bill.
The State House first voted overwhelmingly to override DeWine in mid-January.
The fate of sanity, women’s sports, parental rights, and children’s safety in Ohio then hinged on the State Senate.
And now the State Senators have cast their votes and joined the State Representatives in overriding DeWine’s veto.
The override passed by a 24-8 margin – the exact same spread the bill originally passed with.
The new law will take effect in a few months.
But DeWine will likely continue to feel the blowback from his woke veto for the remainder of his term as Governor.
DeWine’s term ends in 2027 and he cannot seek a third consecutive term under Ohio law.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.