Dem Senate candidate 'jokes' that Justice Scalia's death 'happened at a good time'

Donald Trump isn't the only candidate who's in trouble over employing ill considered humor.  Former Ohio governor and current Democratic candidate for the Senate Ted Strickland tried a little levity at an AFL-CIO rally when he claimed that the death of Justice Antonin Scalia "happened at a good time."

The Hill:

A lot of average citizens out there don’t understand the importance of that court. I mean, the death of Scalia saved labor from a terrible decision," Strickland said at the Monday event.

"And I don’t wish anyone ill, but it happened at a good time, because once that decision had been made, it would have been tough to reverse it.”

The Supreme Court handed a victory to labor unions earlier this year when it split in a 4-4 decision in a case after Scalia's death. Scalia had been expected to cast the deciding vote rolling back state laws requiring some public-sector workers to pay union fees. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a release about the audio, said Strickland "celebrates" Scalia's death and that he is getting "all-out desperate."

Jeff Bechdel, America Rising PAC communications director, said separately that Strickland's remarks are "behavior below the office he seeks."

"Strickland owes Scalia's family and the members of our highest court an apology for these politically calculated, reprehensible remarks," Bechdel added in a statement. 

Strickland tried to walk back his initial remarks Wednesday, telling Cincinnati.com, "That was an insensitive remark and I apologize."

There isn't a comparison here between Strickland's gaffe and Trump's wildly irresponsible attempt at humor.  But Strickland's insensitive remark shows the limits of using humor to make a point.  Celebrating the death of anyone – especially a political opponent is in poor taste and demonstrates an obliviousness to others' feelings that should disqualify one from office.
 
The media is pretending that Trump was asking his supporters to take a shot at Hillary Clinton.  No one has to pretend to think Strickland really believes in his heart that the death of Scalia was a fortuitous happenstance.

Donald Trump isn't the only candidate who's in trouble over employing ill considered humor.  Former Ohio governor and current Democratic candidate for the Senate Ted Strickland tried a little levity at an AFL-CIO rally when he claimed that the death of Justice Antonin Scalia "happened at a good time."

The Hill:

A lot of average citizens out there don’t understand the importance of that court. I mean, the death of Scalia saved labor from a terrible decision," Strickland said at the Monday event.

"And I don’t wish anyone ill, but it happened at a good time, because once that decision had been made, it would have been tough to reverse it.”

The Supreme Court handed a victory to labor unions earlier this year when it split in a 4-4 decision in a case after Scalia's death. Scalia had been expected to cast the deciding vote rolling back state laws requiring some public-sector workers to pay union fees. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a release about the audio, said Strickland "celebrates" Scalia's death and that he is getting "all-out desperate."

Jeff Bechdel, America Rising PAC communications director, said separately that Strickland's remarks are "behavior below the office he seeks."

"Strickland owes Scalia's family and the members of our highest court an apology for these politically calculated, reprehensible remarks," Bechdel added in a statement. 

Strickland tried to walk back his initial remarks Wednesday, telling Cincinnati.com, "That was an insensitive remark and I apologize."

There isn't a comparison here between Strickland's gaffe and Trump's wildly irresponsible attempt at humor.  But Strickland's insensitive remark shows the limits of using humor to make a point.  Celebrating the death of anyone – especially a political opponent is in poor taste and demonstrates an obliviousness to others' feelings that should disqualify one from office.
 
The media is pretending that Trump was asking his supporters to take a shot at Hillary Clinton.  No one has to pretend to think Strickland really believes in his heart that the death of Scalia was a fortuitous happenstance.