A dark money PAC in Ohio appears to be behind a new website that is attempting to use the #MeToo movement to target Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Some realistic solutions for income inequality MORE (D) over accusations of domestic violence that came up in his 1986 divorce.
The website www.metooohio.com appears to have ties to a Republican firm that has done work for Brown’s opponent in the November election, Rep. Jim RenacciJames (Jim) B. RenacciOhio is suddenly a 2020 battleground Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Medicare for All won’t deliver what Democrats promise MORE (R).
The website has a minute-long video that references Brown’s divorce proceedings from 1986 when his then-wife, Larke Recchie, alleged that Brown would become physically threatening and would sometimes shove or push her, Cleveland.com reported.
“Sherrod Brown is facing his own Me Too moment from his past,” a narrator reads on the site’s advertisement against Brown. “These court records show sworn evidence that Brown’s ex-wife accused him of abusing her.”
The website asks viewers to call Congress and demand that Brown resign.
Recchie, now a supporter of Brown, called the video “disgusting” and said that Brown is a “great father.” She has previously said of the divorce proceedings that, “Divorce can often be an unfriendly ordeal, and ours was no exception. There was a lot of hurt on both sides, and it led only to angry words.”
“This isn’t the first time someone has gone after my family to score cheap political points,” she said in a statement Thursday, according to the website.
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“I’m dismayed that Congressman Renacci would do something this shameless, despite the fact that I’ve already addressed this matter. I was proud to support Sherrod in 2006 and 2012 — just as I am this time around. Anyone who suggests he is not an honorable man is just wrong,” Recchie continued.
The issue has been a frequent target of Brown opponents during his political career.
Renacci denied involvement in the advertisement when contacted by Cleveland.com, but amplified the ad’s contents in a statement.
“Violence against women in any form is not acceptable and has no place in our society,” Renacci said. “Sherrod Brown’s well-documented history of domestic violence is deeply troubling. Ohioans deserve to know all the facts, and judge his fitness for public office for themselves.”
Brown is facing a reelection fight against Renacci in November. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won Ohio by more than 8 points in 2016, but Brown seems to be in a good position to retain his seat.
A RealClearPolitics analysis shows Brown with a double-digit polling advantage over Renacci.
The PAC, named “Me Too Ohio,” was created earlier this month by a Republican political consultant based in Washington, D.C., according to Cleveland.com. In a statement, the Majority Strategies firm told the website it was working with Me Too Ohio “with all of the necessary legal firewalls in place.”