COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate campaign rolled out two union endorsements and released new television and radio ads while the Strickland campaign spent the week "sleepwalking," on defense, and lashing out at the unions for endorsing Rob, a shameful new low for the embattled politician and his team.
Here is a review of the week that was:
Monday, July 25th:
The Portman for Senate Campaign released “Trafficking,” a new 60-second, $1 million TV ad airing statewide and featuring Theresa Flores from Columbus, Ohio who fell victim to sex trafficking at a young age and is now a nationally recognized advocate dedicated to raising awareness and preventing sex trafficking. In the ad, Theresa details Rob’s bipartisan work to combat human trafficking and praises him for his support saying, "Rob’s work has given me hope that in the future others won’t have to go through what we did." You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Trafficking.”
Later in the day, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, representing over 50,000 members from across Ohio, endorsed Rob in his re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate. The Teamsters endorsement is an important recognition of Rob’s leadership protecting Ohio's working families and is considered a major “political blow” to Ted Strickland both because the group rarely endorses Republicans and because they endorsed the former Governor in 2006 and 2010. Here is what they had to say:
Ohio AP: The announcement by the 50,000-member Ohio Conference of Teamsters was an important campaign endorsement for Portman and a political blow to Strickland.
Roll Call: The union endorsement is a coup for Portman, considering that the group backed Portman's Democratic opponent Ted Strickland in his successful bid for governor in 2006 and his unsuccessful bid for re-election four years later.
Tuesday, July 26th:
The “political blows” continued to pour in on the Strickland Campaign Tuesday as the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) of Ohio, the state's largest law enforcement union representing more than 25,000 members, also endorsed Rob’s re-election to the U.S. Senate. For those keeping track, this is the third union to endorse Rob. No doubt, the state of Retread Ted's campaign is in shambles as this latest endorsement has "fueled a growing concern" among both Ohio and national Democrats who have been "knocked back on their heels." Don't just take our word for it – here is what they had to say:
Cincinnati Enquirer: Union support for Portman ignites Dems fears in Ohio...There is a growing level of frustration that if the campaign doesn’t turn things around, they’re not going to be successful.
Washington Examiner: Overall, this makes three big endorsements for the incumbent Republican from union groups, which generally do not offer many endorsements to Republicans.
Politico Morning Shift: Democratic Ohio Senate challenger Ted Strickland is trying not to get too stressed about the Ohio Teamsters endorsing Republican incumbent Rob Portman in the closely watched Senate race.
Wednesday, July 27th:
Following Monday’s endorsement, Rob met with the Ohio Conference of Teamsters in Columbus. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch a recap from the meeting.
Fresh off Rob receiving back-to-back union endorsements this week, the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial page details exactly why Ted Strickland is losing support saying, “Strickland’s tenure was a time of economic backsliding for many Ohioans.” Click here to read the editorial in its entirety: Portman Earned Unions’ Support.
For those keeping track, this is the third scathing editorial to come out of Appalachia recently. You may click HERE to read the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial from June, which took Ted to task and labeled him "not a friend to East Ohio,” and you may click HERE to read the Belmont County's Times Leader editorial, which detailed how Ted Strickland turned his back on eastern Ohio saying that he "adopted the same not-to-worry attitude about coal as he did about the state budget.”
The Portman for Senate Campaign continued to highlight how Strickland is losing support with the release of its third radio ad, “Changed.” The ad is playing across southeast Ohio and details how Ted turned his back on Appalachia for a $250,000 paycheck running the lobbying arm of an anti-coal, pro-tax, pro-Obamacare liberal special interest group and how Ted has since lost the support of Ohio coal workers, the Teamsters, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the NRA.
You May Click Here or Below to Listen to the New Radio Ad, “Changed.”
Here is what they had to say:
Politico: Portman taunts Strickland over union backing
Columbus Dispatch: Sen. Rob Portman’s Senate campaign is up with another radio ad today – and this one is aimed at bashing former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his own backyard.
Newsmax: The Ohio Teamsters endorsement was valuable because that group also endorsed other Democrats around Ohio and supported Barack Obama in his 2012 reelection campaign.
Friday, July 29th:
Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign released a statement holding Strickland accountable for lashing out at the United Mine Workers of America and the Ohio Conference of Teamsters for not supporting his retread candidacy, a shamefully new low for the embattled politician. Ted's meltdown was captured in this Wall Street Journal article: ICYMI: “Strickland Criticizes Unions’ Decision to Endorse Portman”
And in case you missed today's Cincinnati Enquirer DNC recap, here is what Strickland's low-energy campaign was also up to this week:
"Sen. Rob Portman had a mini-convention at the RNC; challenger Ted Strickland had personalized cookies at the DNC... Strickland, a longtime Clinton supporter, was dealt a much easier hand, and yet he seemed to sleepwalk through it... However, the 74-year-old former Ohio governor was far from animated. In a Thursday morning appearance in front of the delegation, Strickland practically shouted his speech, likely to counter the “low-energy” tag that has been dogging him. It didn’t work."
Also, this afternoon, BLACK LIVES MATTER of Cuyahoga County endorsed Rob's re-election to the U.S. Senate with President Jeff Mixon - who by the way sits on the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party’s executive committee - saying:
"Not only is Sen. Rob Portman’s performance on issues related to the economy and jobs vastly superior to Ted Strickland’s; his commitment to low taxes, school choice and stemming Ohio’s growing heroin epidemic is admirable... Ted Strickland devoted little time to the cause of helping – rather than punishing -- addicts... Even after raising taxes, Ted Strickland managed to destroy Ohio’s budget and deplete its billion-dollar Rainy Day Fund. Moreover, as governor, Ted Strickland cost Ohioans nearly 400,000 jobs."
Finally, fresh off Rob receiving back-to-back union endorsements this week, the Portman for Senate Campaign announced today its plans to have a big presence at the Clinton-Kaine rallies in Youngstown and Columbus this weekend. During each event, Portman for Senate campaign volunteers will be on hand to distribute flyers detailing why the United Mine Workers, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, and the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Rob. You may scroll down or click HERE to view each flyer.
Youngstown and Columbus: