State Senate Candidate Cecil Thomas Shamelessly Panders, Throws Marriage under the Bus

October 2, 2014

flip-flopsCurrent Cincinnati city councilman Charlie Winburn is running for Ohio state senate in district 9.  District 9 is so Democratic that incumbent Democrat state senator Eric Kearney beat the Republican challenger 68-29 in 2010 (caveat: the districts have been redrawn since then).

The very popular Charlie Winburn is said to be the only Republican who might be able to win this otherwise unwinnable district.  Kearney, reaching the end of his term limit, cannot run for re-election this year; instead, Mr. Winburn faces his former colleague, Democrat former councilman Cecil Thomas.

Both men described themselves as pro-life and pro-marriage in responses to the Cincinnati Right to Life candidate questionnaire earlier this year (read the full PDFs here: Charlie Winburn, Cecil Thomas).  Perhaps on that basis, Cincinnati Right to Life PAC has endorsed both men in this race, while Ohio Right to Life PAC has apparently endorsed only Cecil Thomas.

Yet at last night’s Cincinnati NAACP-hosted debate at Bond Hill Academy, Mr. Thomas made it clear that he now favors changing the legal definition of marriage to extend to same-sex couples.  Given several opportunities to clarify why he claimed to be pro-marriage just earlier this year but now stands for “same-sex marriage”, he would say only that he has “evolved”.

Thomas’s answers to the Right to Life candidate questionnaire (just earlier this year) were not ambiguous:

  • To the question “11. Do you support the union of one man and one woman as the only definition of marriage that should be legally recognized at all levels of government?” he not only checked “Yes”, but also filled the space for comments and said, “Marriage is between a man and a woman as demonstrated throughout the Bible.”
  • To the further question “Will you oppose any law or regulation that infringes upon an individual’s or organization’s rights of conscience by forcing participation in abortion or other immoral practices?” he not only checked “Yes”, but also said, “My response to question 11 illustrates my response to this question.  I don’t want anyone to impose their view on my [seems to say either conscience’ or conscious] belief that marriage is between a man & woman.”

Now he says he has “evolved”.  He offered no further explanation, no matter how many times he was given the opportunity to explain.

If you want to support Charlie Winburn for state senate, sure, it’s only a state senate seat, but on the other hand, this is one race where your money could make a real difference, helping the pro-marriage party win an otherwise unwinnable seat.

In the meantime, will Ohio Right to Life and Cincinnati Right to Life rescind their endorsements, now that Mr. Thomas has made it clear that he does not hold the opinions he claimed earlier this year?

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2 Responses to “State Senate Candidate Cecil Thomas Shamelessly Panders, Throws Marriage under the Bus”


  1. […] week, I wondered whether Ohio Right to Life and Cincinnati Right to Life would rescind their endorsements of Cecil […]


  2. […] the Cincinnati area, for example, voters have a real chance to elect a Republican state senator in a district that is 70% Democrat.  Charlie Winburn isn’t the most conservative Republican you’ll ever meet, but […]


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