COLUMBUS, Ohio – This week, the Portman for Senate campaign had another impressive week beginning with the Portman family joining dozens of volunteers at the Terrace Park Labor Day Parade and the release of the campaign's newest TV ad featuring Ohio native and legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Rob also introduced new legislation to tackle the growing threat of dangerous opioids wreaking havoc in communities all across Ohio, announced an inquiry into the skyrocketing prices of the EpiPen, and attended a rally on Capitol Hill with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). On Friday, Jane held two Women for Portman events in Cincinnati and Columbus featuring special guest Ambassador Nancy Brinker -- and Rob joined for the Columbus event. Reports also noted our "aggressive grassroots campaign" that "strategists from both parties have praised."
Meanwhile, Ted Strickland was rarely seen in public and faced an avalanche of bad press for a myriad of issues including a scathing op-ed criticizing him for his jokes about Justice Scalia’s death and news that Senate Majority PAC cancelled another $3 million worth of advertising on his behalf. The latest cancellation brings the total to a whopping $7 million in cancelled TV ads on behalf of the former governor.
After a Quinnipiac poll was released showing Strickland down 11 points, the Columbus Dispatch reported that the Executive Director of the DSCC didn't list Ohio as a competitive race and when asked how Ohio wasn't competitive, he said that "Portman has run a damn fine race,” and “The rest, I’ll have to tell you over a drink."
Here is a review of the week that was:
Sunday, September 4th:
- Cleveland.com Op-ed: Remarks about Justice Scalia cast shadow on Ted Strickland's candidacy
- Washington Post: Ted Strickland’s Worst Week in Washington
Monday, September 5th:
The entire Portman family joined dozens of volunteers at the Terrace Park Labor Day Parade. You may click HERE or below to watch a rundown of the day.
Tuesday, September 6th:
The Portman for Senate campaign released a new TV ad featuring Ohio native and legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus. This ad is the first time Nicklaus has appeared in a political ad. You may click here or below to watch.
- Cleveland.com: Golden Bear Backs Portman
- Columbus Dispatch: Jack Nicklaus weighs in on Ohio U.S. Senate race, endorses Rob Portman
- Politico: Golfer Jack Nicklaus wedges into Ohio race, endorsing Portman
- Washington Free Beacon: Jack Nicklaus Appears in New Ad for Rob Portman
- NewsMax: Jack Nickalus Endorses Ohio's Rob Portman for Senate
The National Journal took a deep dive into the grassroots efforts of the Portman for Senate Campaign saying, “Ohio Democrats are now scrambling in what was once considered a top Senate pickup opportunity thanks in part to an aggressive grassroots campaign by Sen. Rob Portman that strategists from both parties have praised for boosting the first-term Republican over his better-known challenger.”
The non-partisan Rothenberg & Gonzalez Political Report moved the Ohio Senate race from “Tilts Republican” to “Leans Republican.”
Meanwhile, Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC cancelled another $3 million in TV ads on behalf of Strickland.
- WFMJ: Strickland campaign has TV commercials pulled
- Columbus Dispatch: More pro-Ted Strickland ads canceled in Ohio's race for U.S. Senate
- Cleveland.com: National Democrats pull another $3M from Ohio's U.S. Senate race
- AP: National Democratic group pulls more Strickland ads in Ohio
- Akron Beacon Journal: Political ad buys in Ohio cancelled as outside groups see Portman pulling ahead
- The Hill: Senate Dem PAC cancels more Ohio ads
- FOX News: "A Clear Indication They Think Portman's Going To Win"
Wednesday, September 7th:
- Roll Call: Ted Strickland is "easily the cycle's most disappointing Senate candidate."
- Columbus Dispatch: Ted Strickland struggles after Democrats thought he'd be ideal candidate
Rob introduced new legislation, which tackles the growing threat of fentanyl and carfentanil - dangerous opioids wreaking havoc in communities all across Ohio. Rob's legislation is designed to stop these drugs from being shipped through our borders to drug traffickers in the United States.
- WCPO: Portman says his bill would help block mail shipments of synthetic drugs from abroad
- The Hill: GOP senators unveil 'next big opioid bill
- Northwest Signal: STOP Act seeks to stem drug tide
- Opportunity Lives: GOP Senators Continue Fight Against Opioid Epidemic with New Legislation
Rob also joined Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to announce a preliminary inquiry into the skyrocketing prices of the EpiPen.
- Cleveland.com: Sen. Rob Portman launches investigation into EpiPen pricing
- NBC: Senate Panel Opens Probe of EpiPen Price Hike
- Reuters: Senate investigations panel to probe Mylan's EpiPen pricing
- MarketWatch: Senate subcommittee opens preliminary inquiry into Mylan over EpiPen pricing
- Inside Health Policy: Subcommittee On Investigations Latest To Probe Mylan's EpiPen Price Hike
- The Week: Senate opens inquiry into EpiPen pricing
Thursday, September 8th:
- The Atlantic: Ted Strickland’s Campaign “Turned into a Dud,”
- Cleveland.com: Strickland's campaign is on life support
- Cleveland 19 News: Where is Ted Strickland in the race for U.S. Senate?
Jim Irvine, President of Buckeye Firearms Association wrote a scathing memo to thousands of Ohioans reminding them that Ted Strickland turned his back when he moved to Washington, D.C. for a $250,000 job lobbying for an anti-gun, anti-coal, pro-tax liberal special interest group. In the memo Irvine said of Strickland, "Not only has he put a knife in our backs, he’s twisting it with every lie he tells. He’s back in Ohio now, courting your vote. But he is no longer our friend."
Friday, September 9th:
The Cook Political Report moved the Ohio Senate Race from Lean Republican saying, “Portman has run a flawless campaign, and Strickland hasn’t been the aggressive candidate Democrats hoped for. ... National Democrats planned to invest heavily in television during the final weeks, but have started to pull their money out, an ominous sign for Strickland.”
Jane held two Women for Portman events in Cincinnati and Columbus featuring special guest Ambassador Nancy Brinker, and Rob joined them in Columbus.
The Columbus Dispatch also reported that the DSCC has apparently written off Ted's campaign:
At a private meeting this week before a trade association in Washington, Tom Lopach, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, did not list the Ohio race as among the top eight races Democrats are focusing on.
Instead, according to a source who attended the meeting, Lopach said Strickland could only win “if a wave comes” in, a reference to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton winning by a strong margin in Ohio.
When asked how Ohio could not be among the likely states for Democrats to win, Lopach reportedly replied, “Portman has run a damn fine race,” adding, “The rest, I’ll have to tell you over a drink."