Brutus Buckeye’s dad endorses candidate for president

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye is seen during an NCAA college football game against Minnesota in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State University's mascot has been pulled out of an upcoming Ohio parade and festival celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The university spirit team coaches cited safety concerns after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida for pulling Brutus Buckeye from this weekend's parade and festival. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, File)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The co-creator of the Ohio State University mascot has weighed in on the 2016 presidential election.

Ray Bourhis, credited for suggesting a buckeye at OSU’s mascot as a student in 1965, has endorsed democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president.

“As the proud father of Brutus, a mascot that brings Ohioans together and is beloved for giving back to his community, I know Hillary Clinton is the best person to be president because we are stronger together,” said Bourhis in a statement released by the Hillary for America campaign. “I believe that our children should have a role model as President, and Ohioans deserve a president who respects all people.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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