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COLUMBUS - Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timken has called on Rep. Candice Keller to resign from her Butler County seat after the lawmaker's "shocking" comments about Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton.
Keller, R-Middletown, posted on Facebook Sunday comments that blamed "drag queen advocates," the Democratic Congress, former President Barack Obama, violent video games and the hatred of veterans for the deaths of nine people and the shooter in Dayton early Sunday.
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Her comments drew the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike. Butler County Sheriff, tweeting "shame shame."
And on Monday afternoon, Timken called for Keller's resignation as well.
“While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening," Timken said in a statement. "Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable. Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness.”
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Timken has not spoken with Keller personally about the GOP leader's decision to ask for Keller's resignation, Ohio Republican Party spokesman Evan Machan said.
Keller did not respond to a request for comment by The Enquirer on Monday afternoon.
Keller is not obligated to resign. Ohio lawmakers can be voted out of office or removed from their position if they are convicted of a felony.
Another less-used method in the Ohio Constitution allows for the removal of a lawmaker via. Elected officials can also be removed for "any misconduct involving moral turpitude" after a complaint and hearing.
Lawmakers can also be censured, essentially an official reprimand, for poor behavior. That happened in 1997 to Butler County Rep. Mike Fox for accepting travel and lodging from a lobbyist.
Timken's request was unusual for the chairwoman, who often avoids publicity and rarely gets in the middle of political fights. This is the first time Timken has called on an Ohio official to resign since she was chosen to lead the party in January 2017.
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Security camera footage obtained exclusively by CNN shows Connor Betts' movements on the night of the Dayton gunman's mass shooting. Betts spent more than an hour at Blind Bob's bar after entering before a woman who appears to be his sister Megan and a third person, according to the video reviewed by CNN. Connor Betts, 24, does not stand out, dressed like others at the bar in T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. The vest and mask he will wear later during the shooting are not visible. The three can be seen entering the Dayton bar at approximately 11:09 p.m. ET on Saturday night.
When former Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, was arrested after he had passed out at a McDonald's drive-thru, Timken offered a cautious statement:
Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, has not spoken with Keller, an Ohio House spokeswoman said.
Keller, who lives about 25 miles from Dayton, is running for an Ohio Senate seat currently held Sen. Bill Coley, who is term-limited. Her GOP challengers include Rep. George Lang and West Chester Township Trustee Lee Wong.
Keller is the executive director of a Christian pregnancy resource center and made headlines for comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazis. She also spoke on a white power advocate's radio show. Keller has also pushed for banning so-called sanctuary cities .
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer:
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