COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate Campaign had an impressive week with its appearance in the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade, the launch of the campaign's first television ads, the endorsement of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), and the launch of its Hispanic Leadership Council.
Meanwhile, Ted Strickland wasn't seen at a public event this week but faced headlines about the "political blow" he suffered yesterday when the UMWA endorsed Rob Portman for his leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs. Notably, Ted Strickland was endorsed by the UMWA in 2006 and 2010 while running for governor. In addition, Dayton-area outlets covered Ted's lack of leadership with regards to NCR leaving Ohio seven years ago this week.
Here is a review of the week that was:
Monday, May 30th:
Rob Portman and volunteers honored America’s heroes at the Blue Ash Memorial Day parade.
Tuesday, May 31st:
Portman for Senate released its first television ads highlighting Rob Portman’s fight against the prescription drug and heroin epidemic gripping Ohio families. You may click the videos below to watch “Wildfire," "Tyler," and "Gina."
Wednesday, June 1st:
Rob’s first television ads generated these headlines:
- Morning Consult: Portman Is No Newcomer to Battling Drug Abuse
- Washington Post: In tough reelection fight, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s first TV ads focus on efforts to combat heroin epidemic
- Washington Examiner: Portman focuses on drug addiction in trio of new ads
- Toledo Blade: Sen. Portman's re-election ads to begin airing in Toledo
- Columbus Dispatch: Portman launches first three TV ads of his Senate bid
- AP Ohio: GOP's Portman releases 1st TV ads in US Senate race in Ohio
- Politico Pro: Portman's first ads focus on combating drug abuse
- The Hill: Portman focuses on heroin fight in new ads
- Cincinnati Enquirer: Portman ad blitz focuses on his work to combat heroin epidemic
- Washington Times: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman touts opioids work in first re-election ads
- Youngstown Vindicator: Portman launches $15M re-election ad campaign
- Politico Pulse: Portman's first three paid TV ads all about opioids, heroin
Thursday, June 2nd:
The Portman for Senate Campaign announced that the UMWA National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) endorsed Rob Portman for reelection to the U.S. Senate. The Mine Workers endorsement is an important recognition of Rob Portman's leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs, and comes as a major blow to Ted Strickland who was endorsed by COMPAC in 2006 and 2010while running for governor. The endorsement generated these stories:
- AP Ohio: Coal miners PAC backs Portman over Strickland for US Senate
- Cleveland.com: A big endorsement for Rob Portman
- Washington Examiner: Portman nabs rare union endorsement in re-election fight
- The Hill: Coal miners union backs Republican Portman in Ohio Senate race
- National Journal: Portman picked up an endorsement Wednesday from the United Mine Workers of America
- Politico Pro: Mine workers endorse Portman
- Morning Consult: Portman Gets Backing From Coal Miners Union
- Toledo Blade: Mine workers union endorses Sen. Portman for re-election
- WOWK 13: The announcement “counts as a political blow to Strickland”
WHIZ NEWS: Coal Miners back Portman over Strickland for U.S. Senate
Meanwhile, in other news:
- Dayton Daily News: GOP blames Strickland for NCR loss
- Dayton’s WHIO reports on Strickland’s failure to keep NCR in Ohio
Friday, June 3rd:
Portman for Senate announced the launch of its sixth coalition with the addition of the Hispanic Leadership Council. Chaired by NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz of Cincinnati with co-chairs Juan Jose Perez of Columbus, Donna Alvarado of Granville and Bernie Moreno of Cleveland, the group will advise Rob Portman on issues impacting the Hispanic community and spread the word about Portman’s efforts to create jobs and opportunity for all Ohioans.
You may click HERE or on the video below to hear more from Anthony Muñoz.