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GOP leader: Fires are God’s punishment

Nov 20, 2018 - Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)

An influential eastern Ohio Republican leader says he has deleted an “inartful” image he’d published to his Facebook page that said the ongoing California wildfire was “God’s punishment to Liberal California.”

Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson said in a telephone interview that the post, which he published on Sunday after reading a news article and deleted later that day, reflected his belief that Democrats have mismanaged California. But, he said that he...