Ted Strickland issues apology after making eyebrow-raising comment

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Strickland Issues Apology After Praising Scalia's Death

Starring in this week's edition of "Politician's Foot Meets Politician's Mouth," we have U.S. Senate candidate and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. While seemingly trying to talk about the importance of the Supreme Court and this election during a speech this week, Strickland basically cheered the timing of Justice Antonin Scalia's death.

"I mean, the death of Scalia saved labor from a terrible decision," Strickland said. "And I don't wish anyone ill, but it happened at a good time."

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The good timing Strickland referenced had to do with a deadlocked labor decision that came down in March. Had Scalia, a consistent and dependable conservative justice, been alive, that case would've ended with a completely different scenario.

And the crowd seemed to agree — as Strickland spoke, there was applause and laughter. To put it mildly, Scalia is not a well-liked figure on the left; during the argument phase of that case, his questions were seen as pretty "hostile" to the labor unions.

Almost immediately, Strickland was criticized for making light of a legal icon and released an apology Wednesday saying,"That was an insensitive remark, and I apologize."

Strickland is currently trying to unseat Republican Sen. Rob Portman in a really high-profile race. And clumsy comments from Strickland aren't new. In a moment of probably too much honesty, Strickland labeled his gun control record as "mixed and spotty," which has already been used against him by criitcs.

It's unclear how much this will hurt Strickland as he attempts to catch up to Portman in the polls, but in a year when Democrats are hoping to take back the Senate, it definitely doesn't help.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: With family members following behind, pallbearers carry the casket of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia up the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: With family members following behind, pallbearers carry the casket of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia up the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The casket of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is carried into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for his funeral mass on February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia died on February 13 at the age of 79. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
The casket of US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is carried into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for his funeral mass on February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia died on February 13 at the age of 79. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas and his wife Virginia Thomas arrive for the funeral for fellow Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: Former Vice President Dick Cheney, left, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas take their seats for funeral Mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: People arrive for the funeral for the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: Republican presidental candiate Sen. Ted Cruz, center, and former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, upper left, take their seats for funeral Mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: People arrive for funeral Mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
The procession for the funeral mass for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
The casket containing the body of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia leaves the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington following funeral mass services, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Widow Maureen McCarthy Scalia, center, and other family members, walk behind the casket as it is ushered out of the Bascilica following the funeral mass for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The Rev. Fr Paul Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, speaks during the funeral mass for Justice Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
The crucifix leads the recession out of the Basilica following the funeral depart the funeral mass for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
Widow Maureen McCarthy Scalia, walks behind the casket as it is ushered out of the Bascilica following the funeral mass for the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, left and his wife Virginia Thomas, right, leave the the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington after attending funeral services of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Members of the honor guard get into position as they prepare for the arrival of the casket containing the body of the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, before the start of a funeral mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Vice President Joe Biden and the eight remaining Supreme Court justices are expected to be among thousands attending this morning's funeral for Justice Antonin Scalia. One of Scalia's nine children, the Rev. Paul Scalia, will lead the Mass at the nation's largest Roman Catholic church. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his wife Jane Sullivan Roberts lead a procession of current and former Supreme Court justices down the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at the end of the funeral for late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: With family members following behind, pallbearers carry the casket of late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia down the steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at the end of the funeral, February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 20: People look on during the funeral Mass for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception February 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Scalia, who died February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas, layed in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Friday and his funeral service will be at the basillica today. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
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