Ex-wife says she supports Sherrod Brown as ad focuses on domestic violence allegations

Ex-wife says she supports Sherrod Brown as ad focuses on domestic violence allegations
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, asks a question of Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on tariffs, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

A new political ad by a group called Me Too Ohio brings up allegations of domestic violence against Senator Sherrod Brown.

The ad was posted online this week.

Me Too Ohio says in the ad, “Senator Sherrod Brown is facing his own ‘me too’ movement from his past.”

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The ad says his ex-wife accused Brown of abusing and assaulting her in 1986.

In a statement released from Brown’s office, Brown’s ex-wife Larke Recchie said, “This isn’t the first time someone has gone after my family to score cheap political points. I’m dismayed that Congressman Renacci would do something this shameless, despite the fact that I’ve already addressed this matter. I was proud to support Sherrod in 2006 and 2012 -- just as I am this time around. Anyone who suggests he is not an honorable man is just wrong. He’s a great father to our daughters Emily and Liz and he’s a wonderful grandfather to our grandchildren. Disparaging my family for political gain is disgusting, and Congressman Renacci should know better.”

Me Too Ohio filed papers with the Federal Election Commission last week and has a listed address in Alexandria, Virginia according to the Columbus Dispatch.

A spokesperson for the group told the Dispatch there is no coordination between Me Too Ohio and Jim Renacci, who Brown is running against this year.

In a statement provided to 10TV by a spokesperson, Jim Renacci said, "Violence against women in any form is not acceptable and has no place in our society. Sherrod Brown’s well documented history of domestic violence is deeply troubling. Ohioans deserve to know all the facts, and judge his fitness for public office for themselves.”

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