Pro-gun Democrat Teresa Fedor selected as Senate minority leader
In what is becoming a continuing trend for the Ohio Democrat party, another pro-concealed carry legislator has been selected to a leadership post.
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Ohio Senate Democrats have chosen Teresa Fedor, of Toledo, as their new minority leader.
Fedor and Sen. Kimberly A. Zurz, herself a pro-self-defense Democrat, were vying to lead the 12-member caucus. Fedor told the Dispatch that nine Democrats indicated their support yesterday — every member except Zurz and the not-yet-named appointees who will be named to seats being vacated by Sens. Marc Dann, the pro-gun Democrat who will be Ohio's next Attorney General, and Charles Wilson, the pro-gun Democrat who just won a seat in the United States Congress.
Fedor told the newspaper that "we will be a guiding force in the Senate and stand ready and willing to work with Gov.-elect Ted Strickland’s administration," said Fedor, an Air Force veteran who joined the Senate in 2003.
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Democrats also selected Sen. Tom Roberts, a 2006 Buckeye Firearms Association endorsee, as assistant minority leader. The other two leadership posts will be held by one proven anti-gun legislators - Sen. Ray Miller, of Columbus, as minority whip; and by Sen.-elect Lance Mason, of Cleveland, who failed to return a completed Buckeye Firearms Association survey.
As for working with Republicans, who will hold a 21-12 majority next year, Fedor called herself a "consensus builder" who expects to team well with Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland.
Pro-gun Democrats continue to be given prominent rolls in Ohio. Buckeye Firearms endorsee and House Rep. Chris Redfern, who chairs the Ohio Democrat party, won his November 7 reelection bid easily. Buckeye Firearms Association endorsee and Attorney General-elect Marc Dann and Governor-elect Ted Strickland both are proud of their proven pro-gun records, and in Ohio Treasurer-elect Richard Cordray Ohioans have another another statewide office-holder who supports their gun rights.