I Heart Sen. Nina Turner of Ohio

Since legislators all across the country have been up in women’s grills about reproductive health lately, Ohio state senator Nina Turner thinks it’s only fair that men experience the same treatment.  So she’s introduced legislation that would require waiting periods and affadavits for men seeking erectile dysfunction medication, reported by Daily Kos today.

Says the good senator:

“The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues—the least we can do is return the favor.  It is crucial that we take the appropriate steps to shelter vulnerable men from the potential side effects of these drugs.

“When a man makes a crucial decision about his health and his body, he should be fully aware of the alternative options and the lifetime repercussions of that decision,” Senator Turner said today. Men will be more easily guided through the process of obtaining treatment for impotence so they can better understand and more effectively address their condition.

I’ve seen Turner on the Ed Schultz show a number of times, and I can say that she is sharp.  So let me formally take this opportunity to encourage her to run for Governor of Ohio.  I think she would be an excellent candidate.  She would be a vast improvement over Kasich.  She could hardly do otherwise.  Kasich pushed through a law in Ohio that goes even further than Scott Walker’s odious efforts to strip workers of their collective bargaining rights.  Think about that.  Kasich has been positioning himself as the “only moderate” in the presidential race— yet, his legislative efforts to bust unions outpoint even those of Scott Walker, who had to leave the presidential race in part for being perceived as too extremist on the anti-union front, which didn’t play even among Iowa conservatives.

Furthermore, there is such a paucity of women of color in real positions of power and authority in this country.  It is an injustice that needs to be rectified.  Women of color are deeply marginalized and have no representation or voice in the contemporary American body politic.  Electing Nina Turner governor of Ohio would be a good first step in finding a greater place at the table for women of color.

In the meantime, let’s get to know Nina Turner better.  Here she talks about her mission to get voters registered in Ohio and to fight Republican voter suppression efforts.

Here, Nina Turner calls out elected officials for making excuses for racists.

Here, Nina Turner accepts her award as a champion of choice.

Here, Nina Turner speaks out on World AIDS Day.

While she was recently defeated in her bid for Ohio Secretary of State in 2014, I say “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  And she might as well aim higher anyway.

-Robert Gross