No one gets away with dissing social workers and me not blogging about it. Thank you, Modern Esquire, for the heads up. The fact that I’m also a lawyer and an elected official just further incenses me over this incident that exposes enormous ignorance on the part of the Ohio Republican Party Chair, Kevin DeWine.
According to an item by Bill Hershey (one of my all-time favorite Ohio newspeople), DeWine appears to harbor unpacked anger toward people in the mental health professions who are also lawyers and elected Franklin County judges, though not actually social workers, even though he seems to think they are, and African-American and female and under 50:
Ohio Republican Chairman Kevin DeWine doesn’t think much of Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s expected choice for his lieutenant governor running mate.
Strickland is expected to name Yvette McGee Brown, a former Columbus judge and currently president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
“He’s had nearly a year to make this selection, and the best he could come up with in the face of an unprecedented fiscal emergency is a social worker with no experience in public finance or state government,” DeWine said in an e-mail. [emphasis added]
After reviewing numerous items about Brown (see more below), the one thing it appears that she is not is a social worker. That aside, DeWine shows an utter absence of understanding when it comes to what social workers do day in and day out: deal with unprecedented emergencies, fiscal and otherwise – their own, and that of their agencies and their clients. It’s their raison d’être. And if they can’t resolve the emergencies, they lose their job and sometimes their licenses.
DeWine just lobbed a misguided, uninformed attempt at an insult at a still unofficial target that ends up backfiring all over the people Ohioans depend upon far more than the head of a state political party.
There’s nothing that takes the sting out of an insult more quickly than realizing that it doesn’t even apply to the person against whom you’re lobbing it.
For those who haven’t clicked to read about her yet, here’s OSU‘s description of her as commencement speaker:
A 1985 graduate of Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, McGee Brown has had a distinguished career focused on improving the lives of young people. As president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, she leads an effort that serves as a national model created to break the cycle of child abuse and family violence.
A collaboration between Nationwide Children’s and the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, the center brings together police, prosecutors, child welfare social workers, prevention specialists, domestic violence advocates, and Nationwide Children’s medical and therapeutic staff. The center provides assessment, treatment, prevention, training, education, and advocacy. As president of the center, she is responsible for the child abuse and behavioral health services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Prior to her current role, she served as a judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court from 1993 to 2002. She was the first African-American and the second woman to be elected to this court. As judge, she founded programs that continue to assist area young people today: SMART, a truancy and educational neglect prevention program, and the Family Drug Court.
McGee Brown is a native of Columbus and a graduate of Columbus City Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her J.D. from The Ohio State University.
If anything, this candidate is over-qualified to be Lieutenant Governor. You wonder why she hasn’t run for Governor, or when, after being LG, she will.
I LOVE this choice, love it love it love it and cannot wait to hear more, learn more and maybe even meet McGree Brown – who also doesn’t hyphenate those two names. Now I’ll just be disappointed if it’s not her. Did I mention that she was the first African-American female on the Franklin County (Columbus) Court of Common Pleas? Inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame?
Diss social workers, try to make it an insult and a slur to be one – who aren’t even social workers? Whatev.