LIMA — Democratic challenger Jeff Sites blasted U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, for reneging on statements the congressman made to The Lima News last summer.
Sites held a press conference Tuesday morning from his Cable Road campaign headquarters where he blasted Jordan.
At that time, Jordan said he would testify before the Jan. 6 investigation committee if he was called to do so. Jordan was called to do so Dec. 22, and Jordan rejected the committee’s request Jan. 9 to the ire of many.
Sites called Jordan’s actions cowardly and a violation of trust, saying his lies were piling up “including fake lies about doctored text messages.”
Sites then shifted his focus to when he enlisted in the Army, saying that unlike Jordan he kept the promises he made before shipping off. He encouraged Ohio’s 4th District voters to hold the current occupant of its congressional seat to the same standard.
“As a military policeman, I took an oath to uphold the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Sites said.”Jim Jordan took the same oath. Clearly, he has failed his oath and chosen party over country. I call on all the constituents of the Ohio 4th Congressional District to call or write Mr. Jordan, and demand he either testifies to the committee or resigns from Congress.”
While talking about Jordan’s claim of the committee sharing false text messages, Sites added, “His text messages clearly state that the vice president could overturn the will of the people without evidence of voter fraud, just because the former president lost.”
Sites also talked about what he would like to accomplish if he won the 4th District, laying out three key components to fix what he says has been magnified by the pandemic.
“Bringing the supply chain back here will help create jobs here in the United States,” Sites said. “Creating healthcare for all, starting with the elderly, is so crucial. We have to take care of our own. And of course, climate chaos. We’re into climate chaos, not climate change. We’re past that now. And we see it all the time. I mean, Colorado just had a forest fire, in the middle of winter. If that doesn’t speak to climate chaos, I don’t know what does.”
Helping Ohio’s farmers was also on Sites’ list of things he would like to accomplish, pointing out how “climate chaos” has made it difficult for them. While farmers aren’t normally considered typical members of the Democratic Party, governing is about representing everyone, and he said many are the “purple people in the middle” who are somewhere between the far left and far right.
“I think they want to know they are being heard,” Sites stated. “The Jim Jordan’s and politicians like him is why we see this animosity and anger right now. They pit us against each other — it’s the ‘us against them’ attitude in a two-party system like that. We lose everyone in the middle. So we just need to sit down and talk, and I think that’s what America has gotten away from. Let’s just talk.”