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DeWine's First Ad For Governor Slams Cordray Over Untested Rape Kits

Screenshot of Untested app by Mike DeWine
Mike DeWine
in his latest ad for governor, Mike DeWine says he found a backlog of 12,000 untest rape kits after the 2010 election when he took over for Richard Cordray as Ohio Attorney General.

Republican Mike DeWine has put out his first ad for this fall’s race for governor – and it’s a reminder that the two leading contenders in this contest have faced each other before.

The ad features rape survivor Alyssa Allison, whose rape kit was in the backlog of 12,000 that DeWine said he found after the 2010 election. That was the race in which he defeated Attorney General Richard Cordray, who his opponent again this fall.

“Cordray’s failure left serial rapists free to strike again," the ad says. "Then Mike DeWine became Attorney General. He tested all 12,000 rape kits. Now hundreds of rapists are behind bars.”

Allison then says, “Thanks to Mike DeWine they found my rapist.”


Cordray responded that DeWine had seven years to finish testing that backlog and didn’t until this past February, and that he’s sad to see DeWine playing politics with something as serious and sensitive as rape kits.