A former Ohio State University official and candidate for Congress called Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney the wrong fit for Ohio a couple hours before the former Massachusetts governor was set to hold two events at Otterbein University.
Former state Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, blasted the policies of Romney and Gov. John R. Kasich regarding higher education saying they would raise college tuition across the state and increase interest rates for student loans. Beatty was senior vice president of outreach and engagement before leaving that job to run for Congress in Columbus' new third district.
Romney is sceduled to hold a roundtable discussion with a handful of Otterbein seniors then give what is being billed as a guest lecture, both to highlight his education policies. Kasich is to accompany the candidate.
"Ohio understands education," Beatty said, while criticizing Romney and Kasich's support for Senate Bill 5, which would have limited collected bargaining for public workers, including teachers, had it not been repealed by voters in November. "Ohio understands the need for jobs."
Beatty attacked the pair for opposing the federal bailout of the auto industry, saying one in eight jobs in Ohio is linked in some way to the industry. She said President Barack Obama is finding long-term solutions for the Ohio and national economies, including making higher education affordable.
"I support President Obama's message and his vision for young folks," she said.