Who doesn’t love bipartisan agreement? You’d think it was the holy grail the way political pundits praise it. HB 116, which added cyber-bullying to Ohio’s anti-bullying policies, garnered overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle. Passed by the Ohio House last summer by a vote of 84-12, it sailed through the Senate yesterday in a 31-1 vote. It now goes to the governor’s desk. Naturally you’ll want to know who that one holdout is.
And … it’s Sen. Kris Jordan, a Republican from Delaware County, who is considered something of a rising star in state GOP politics. Jordan actually knows quite a bit about bullying, as he revealed last July when his wife Melissa called 911 in a panic. Columbus blog Plunderbund reported on this event extensively, posting dash cam video from that call that suggests ongoing domestic abuse by a controlling personality.
Talking to the sheriff’s deputies who respond to the call, Melissa Jordan says things like, “It’s easy to keep me under your thumb when you do that because I’m too scared to call. But I’m sick of being too scared to call,” “I can’t tell you how many things he’s busted and broken destroying things in fits of anger,” and “he has bruised me in the past.” It’s all on the video, which is difficult to watch.
Senator Jordan’s response? “She got a little upset. Girls do that,” and “I threw some things on the ground, but I didn’t hit her or anything. So she’s all worked up about who knows.”
Yeah, who knows. According to the August 6 Columbus Dispatch, the prosecutor declined to file charges after Mrs. Jordan clammed up. Gee, wonder if someone bullied her? But Jordan’s vote yesterday suggests that he thinks intimidating other people in just good sport and should totally be legal. — Anastasia Pantsios