Allegations of domestic violence against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) may complicate his critique of Republicans for waging a “war on women” and have a major impact on his re-election race against Republican challenger Josh Mandel, experts tell the Washington Free Beacon.
Brown has strongly supported reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed the U.S. Senate April 26 and now awaits a vote in the U.S. House. The reauthorization includes new protections for undocumented immigrants as well as gay and transgender persons.
Brown cited the more than 38,000 incidents of domestic violence in Ohio last year in stating his support for the bill. He also said the bill would help law enforcement agencies to better “hold perpetrators accountable.”
Brown’s campaign has attacked Mandel for supporting a “clean reauthorization” of VAWA, without the new provisions.
Mandel’s campaign has accused Brown of trying to “politicize this important piece of legislation.”
But Brown’s maneuvers may backfire in light of his own personal scandals, experts say.
Court documents show that Brown was accused of assaulting his ex-wife Larke Ummel Brown and acting cruelly toward her and the couple’s two small children.
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