This is not the time for politics

Should Gov. Mike DeWine have called the Ohio General Assembly into session last week to decide whether the state’s primary election should have been delayed? Of course. Should Secretary of State Frank LaRose have left it up to lawmakers to set a new date for the election? Probably.

But DeWine did not call legislators into session. Instead, on Monday night, the state’s chief health officer called off the Tuesday primary. And LaRose, in setting June 2 for the primary, probably was doing merely what he thought Ohio’s chief election officer should do.

Now both men are being criticized roundly, by both Republicans and Democrats. State Democratic Party leaders have filed a lawsuit against LaRose, insisting legislators should schedule the new election.

Probably so. The Ohio Supreme Court will rule on the matter.

But strident criticism of the two has sounded much like politics as usual. These are not usual times. This is a time when constructive criticism — not rants to score political points — ought to be viewed as an imperative. Buckeye State residents deserve that.


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