- Aug 28, 2015
Sen. Rob Portman from Terrace Park (Photo: Enquirer file/Meg Vogel)
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rob Portman narrowly won an endorsement Friday from the Black Lives Matter of Cuyahoga County, a surprise development in an already unpredictable election season.
“Most of us, even though we’re Democrats, weren’t impressed with Ted Strickland at all,” the group’s president, Jeff Mixon, told the Enquirer on Friday.
He said the organization’s seven-member executive board voted on the endorsement—with four supporting Portman and three preferring Strickland. The Cuyahoga County chapter has 52 members in all, Mixon said.
Formed in response to the recent police shootings of African-American males, the national Black Lives Matter movement has been more in sync with Democratic candidates like Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has talked about the need to restore trust between law enforcement and the minority communities they police.