State Sen. Stephen Huffman caused an uproar last June when he asked whether the “colored population” is more susceptible to the coronavirus because they “do not wash their hands as well as other groups.” He later apologized.
An Ohio lawmaker who caused an uproar last year when he asked whether the “colored population” was more susceptible to the coronavirus because they “do not wash their hands as well as other groups” has been chosen to lead the state Senate’s health panel.
State Sen. Stephen Huffman, a Republican who was fired from his job as an emergency room doctor amid the uproar over his remarks last June, was picked for the post by his cousin, Senate President Matt Huffman.
Stephen Huffman has “a long record of providing health care to minority neighborhoods and has joined multiple mission trips at his own expense to treat those from disadvantaged countries,” John Fortney, spokesman for the Senate president, said after the appointment was announced last week.
“He apologized months ago for asking a clumsy and awkwardly worded question. Sincere apologies deserve sincere forgiveness, and not the perpetual politically weaponized judgment of the cancel culture,” Fortney said.