The world took notice as millions of people across the globe came together Saturday to rally and march for women's rights, including but not limited too, reproductive rights. Here in Cincinnati 10,000 to 14,000 people rallied and marched. Many, many issues were discussed: religious freedom, the right to affordable healthcare, social justice, and the right of women to not be considered property of men, just to name a few. Many local elected politicians attended, including representatives from the State Legislature, Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati. Both female and male elected officials were in attendance.
Many locally also took notice of who was missing. Two local politicians were no present for the Women's March: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and newly elected Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus.
Why were they not there? In the case of Cranley, Vice-Mayor David Mann claimed Cranley was going to a funeral. I think that funeral was at best a last minute add for Cranley, once it was announced that this was event was expressly a pro-choice and pro-Planned Parenthood event. John is anti-choice and needs the votes of the GOP in Cincinnati, and needs avoid the optics involved with openly linking himself to a very progressive movement. Also, he knew he wasn't going to get the option to control the event, so he stayed home instead.
Where was Denise Driehaus? We'll she's fresh off her December vote as outgoing Ohio member to ban abortions at 20 weeks, an unconstitutional bill, but one she still voted for. This is after she repeatedly told progressives after her alleged conversion to a pro-choice stance during the 2012 primary when she "moved" across town to the newly formed 31 District. She moved swiftly to hide her endorsement from Cincinnati Right to Life as well for nearly 4 years, but in the end did their bidding, even when she didn't need to for political cover.
At the event Saturday fellow Democrat, Todd Portune represented the County Commission. A Democratic woman who has claimed to be for women's rights skipped one of the biggest protests in Cincinnati history. Don't let her forgot that she stayed home when women came out in force to take on Trump.