Dayton mayor backs call for Rep. Keller to resign following comments on shooting

A screenshot of comments by Rep. Candice Keller (Facebook) | Rep Candice Keller speaking in the Ohio House (

The Mayor of Dayton is also calling for action after the Chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party called on a State Representative to resign following her remarks about the deadly shooting in Dayton.

Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown) posted to her Facebook page about the shooting saying the blame should be placed on gay marriage, open borders and recreational marijuana among others.

“The breakdown of the traditional American family(thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals(open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies(hello, parents who defend misbehaving students): disrespect to law enforcement(thank you, Obama)."

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Jane Timken issued a statement calling Keller’s post “shocking and utterly unjustified” and asked her to resign.

“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. 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. I am calling on Candice Keller to resign.”

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley tweeted a statement Monday in agreement with Timken, saying Keller "needs to resign."