As Governors Urge Caution on Reopening, G.O.P. Lawmakers Rebel
In the early days of the pandemic, Mike DeWine, the mild-mannered Republican governor of Ohio, gained a national profile for moving quickly to shut down his state while other leaders hesitated. The rates of infection in Ohio have stayed lower than elsewhere in the Midwest.
But as the state enters the tricky phase of reopening businesses, Mr. DeWine has found himself facing an open revolt from members of his own party.
Republicans have accused his administration of goosing coronavirus statistics to scare Ohioans. One state senator attacked Mr. DeWine for “micromanaging” residents and having no faith in them. On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives voted to limit the authority of the state’s health director, Dr. Amy Acton, who appears at Mr. DeWine’s…