Cleveland, Ohio is known to have passionate and controversial politicians. For years it’s been Representative, Dennis Kucinich, the former Presidential Candidate and Cleveland City Mayor. But in a recent speech, Representative Kucinich recognized the achievements of Senator Nina Turner. State Senator Nina Turner serves Ohio’s 25th district and she is, “fired up and ready to go”, a phrase made popular by candidate Barack Obama in 2008.
Miss Turner has served in many positions ranging from Cleveland City Council, Head of Governmental Affairs for the Cleveland Municipal School District to her present position as Senate Minority Whip. She is a Board member of United Way, Great Lakes Science Center and the Cleveland Police Foundation.
State Senator, Nina Turner is a fiery legislature and she’s not running away from that charge. According to her web site, ” Senator Turner believes that if individuals are provided with the means they will craft for themselves their own American dream”.
Her face has become synonymous with fighting voter suppression in Ohio during this year’s Presidential Election. She’s had numerous visits on cable news including CNN and MSNBC. Usually, the moderators have to set up questions for their other guests before their introduced. However as soon as Senator Turner shows up on the split screen and she is introduced, she speaks her mind. She’s eloquent but blunt. When she showed up on MSNBC’s Jansing and Company, she refered to Ohio Secretary of State Husted as “the “secretary of suppression”. She applauded Hardball’s, Chris Mathews assertion that racism has played a part in conservative tactics during the Presidential election, Senator Turner tweeted, “Chris Matthews told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth tonight, Calling out the racism that is lurking in this election”.
She has received criticism from both the Republican and traditional Democratic base. Early this year, when Republicans tried to restrict union bargaining rights in Ohio, Senator Turner led the outrage against the bill, in part, she help defeat it. But In 2009, she was the lone Black politician in support of issue 6, a voter approved measure to reform Cuyahoga County Government. For this, an editorial cartoon appeared in the Call and Post, a Democratic faithful African American newspaper. The newspaper editorial cartoon depicted her as Aunt Jemima, a deroagtory symbol of racism, insinuating she was trying to please the white power establishment. Her support of Cleveland Mayor’s Frank Jackson’s school reform has put her at odds with another Democratic supporter, the Ohio Federation of Teacher’s. The controversial reform puts Mayor Frank Jackson in control over the schools and advocates that public schools share monies with some charter schools.
But last and not least, she has even sponsored a Bill that would require men to seek therapy before they could acquire Viagra. Its anyones guess which party is angered most about this bill.
Senator Nina Turner is a rare politician. She is just what Cleveland constituent needs, bold, passionate, brilliant and committed leadership. For three years, Inside Business Magazine named her “Power 100: Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential People.
Used to be, in order to become a political star within your party you had to be heavily embraced by those in your party’s circle. Senator Turner is an upcoming star in politics, with a certainty that she will stand with the voters not necessarily, her party.