State Lawmaker Under Fire For Disparaging Comments About His Female Primary Opponent

Jan 29, 2016

Tom Patton

A Republican state lawmaker is drawing criticism for questioning his female primary opponent's interest in the job while she is raising young children.

While on a radio talk show on January 18, Senator Tom Patton noted Jennifer Herold is a 30-year-old mother of two, and questioned whether anyone told her that she'd have to spend three nights a week in Columbus. Later in the program, he referred to Herold as "sweetie."  Herold says Patton crossed the line. Patton claims his comments were misunderstood.