While speaking to the AFL-CIO on Monday, Democratic Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland said that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia “happened at a good time.”
The audience then laughed.
In audio captured by the NTK Network, Strickland said, “In about three-and-a-half months, we’ll make a decision about who occupies the executive branch, what party controls the Senate, and growing out of those two decisions will be the future of the United States Supreme Court.”
“And my friends, a lot of average citizens out there don’t understand the importance of that court,” Strickland said. “I mean, the death of Scalia saved labor from a terrible decision. And I don’t wish anyone ill, but it happened at a good time because once that decision had been made, it would have been tough to reverse it.”
The union crowd was laughing while Strickland commented about Scalia.