COLUMBUS – October 28: Today, Rich Cordray released the following statement in response to the recent bomb threats and the shooting in Pittsburgh yesterday:
“Last week, we winced when explosive devices threatened the lives of our public servants, sowing fear across the country. We grieved for the people murdered in Pittsburgh, leaving family and friends without their loved ones. That it happened during a Jewish bris — as parents were welcoming their baby boy into the world – makes this loss that much harder to bear.
“As Americans, we need to take time this week to come together as a country. We mourn the lives lost, and we pray for their families. This week, we reflect on all that has happened –because next week, we must come together, renew our democracy, and move forward. We must channel all our pain, anger, frustration, and sadness into concrete action, so we never have to face another week like this one again.
“The events of last week did not happen in Ohio, but they easily could have. And they are a searing reminder of who we are as a state and a nation. We should remember these tragedies every time we hear the violence in our words and see hate in our communities. Because there is no room for either in this state – or anywhere else.”