Redfern (top) and Dewine (bottom) talk about HSUS' move on Town Hall Ohio.

Ohio Party Chairmen annoyed by HSUS tactics

Click here to hear Redfern and DeWine’s remarks about HSUS.

The chairmen of Ohio’s two major political parties both expressed displeasure with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its plan to over-turn the will of Ohio voters.

While recording an upcoming edition of the radio program Town Hall Ohio, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine reacted to HSUS’ ballot proposal to undermine the authority of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.

“We don’t need extreme out-of-state groups coming into Ohio,” according to DeWine.

HSUS is “clearly out of touch with Ohioans,” said Redfern.

The Care Board was approved by Ohio voters this past November by a nearly two-to-one margin. The process of creating the board is now moving through the legislature.

“It’s pretty remarkable. We haven’t even had a chance to write the rules and somebody else is going to tell us what the rules should be,” Redfern said.

The HSUS ballot proposal “just shows the political angle of the Humane Society, and I would just tell them to back off,” said DeWine.

DeWine and Redfern appear on Town Hall Ohio to discuss a wide range of political and policy issues. The two-part series airs the weekends of Feb. 13 – 14 and Feb. 20 -21. Their discussion of the HSUS plan airs in week two.

Town Hall Ohio is the weekly public affairs radio program produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and is supported by Nationwide Insurance. Station and air-time listings are at

The full episodes with Chairmen Redfern and DeWine will be available on-line Feb. 15 and Feb 22.

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