Ohio Arts Council member resigns after backlash from Facebook post about Kamala Harris, election

Ohio Arts Council member resigns after backlash from Facebook post about Kamala Harris, election
Susan Allan Block has resigned from the Ohio Arts Council after widespread criticism of a post she made on social media. (Source: WTVG)

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Toledo’s Susan Allan Block has resigned from the Ohio Arts Council, according to Gov. DeWine’s office. Her resignation followed widespread criticism of a post she made on social media this week, including a statement from the governor’s office distancing the administration from her.

Block is the wife of Allen Block who, along with his brother, runs Block Communications, owner of The Blade and Buckeye Broadband.

After the violence at the nation’s capital this week, Susan Allan Block made a now-deleted Facebook comment. It not only calls the 2020 election stolen from President Trump but calls Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a slur that Merriam Webster defines as a promiscuous or immoral woman.

Block was appointed to The Ohio Arts Council by Gov. John Kasich in 2016 and reappointed by Gov. DeWine.

A statement provided to a Toledo news station by Gov. DeWine’s office says, “Susan Block’s comments are highly offensive and do not represent the views of this administration.”

Later, the governor’s office confirmed that he had accepted her resignation from the Arts Council.

“As I shared yesterday, agency staff does not comment on the personal opinions of its sitting board members,” said Donna S. Collins, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council in a statement sent to the media. “However, Susan is no longer on the board, so let me now say this: Our agency does not condone or endorse these inflammatory opinions in any way, and we will continue to work in alignment with our shared values of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.”

Block Communications issued this statement: “Social media posts by Susan Block represent her individual views as a private citizen; she has a first amendment right to freedom of speech and her opinions. her views do not represent those of Block Communications, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Susan Block is not an employee, shareholder, or director of Block communications, Inc. or any of its affiliates.”

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