COLUMBUS, Ohio - Yesterday, on the heels of Ted Strickland’s two-day Appalachian Apology Tour, the Portman for Senate campaign released its first radio ad, “No Friend.” The ad is running across southeast Ohio for the rest of the month and focuses on how Governor Ted Strickland abandoned his southeast Ohio roots and turned his back on Ohio’s coal workers.
It’s been a rough few weeks for Strickland. Earlier this month, Strickland received a major “political blow” after the United Mine Workers of America endorsed Rob Portman. In response, Strickland launched a two-day Appalachian Apology Tour as he desperately tried to convince voters that the 2016 Ted Strickland from Washington, D.C. is the same as the 1996 Ted Strickland from southeast Ohio. Unfortunately for him what followed was a new poll showing Ted Strickland down in his former Congressional district by double digits to Rob and scathing editorials from the Wheeling Intelligencer detailing how Ted Strickland is "not a friend to East Ohio" and from Belmont County's Times Leader declaring "No thanks, Mr. Strickland. Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice – shame on us."
Here is what they are saying:
Columbus Dispatch: Portman runs first radio ad of his re-election bid
Republican Sen. Rob Portman has released his first radio ad in his re-election bid for the Senate – and it’s a hit on former Ohio Gov.Ted Strickland…
Portman, meanwhile, argues Strickland has forgotten the people who elected him and cites his stances on guns and coal as evidence that Strickland has veered left.
“Ted Strickland wants us to think he’s on our side,” the announcer intones in the radio ad. “But Retread Ted has changed.”
Cleveland.com: Now Portman is targeting Strickland with his first radio ad
"No Friend" is a minute-long spot aimed exclusively at southeast Ohio. "Strickland turned his back on Ohio coal families, taking a two hundred-and-fifty grand a year job for a liberal Washington group that lobbied for the war on coal," the voiceover intones before plugging the Mine Workers endorsement.
Washington Examiner: Portman targets Strickland in new ad
Sen. Rob Portman is set to release his first radio at on Wednesday, focusing on former Gov. Ted Strickland and his treatment of the coal industry in his home territory of Southeast Ohio.
In the ad, Portman touts his winning of the United Mine Workers of America endorsement and his backing of Southeastern Ohio, where Strickland campaigned for two days. Strickland represented Southeast Ohio during his 12-year tenure in Congress and was backed by the union group during his gubernatorial campaigns…
Portman's campaign refers to the former governor joining on as president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, which largely spurred the endorsement for the incumbent senator. In fact, the union group endorsed Ohio Democrats exclusively during the 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 election cycles.
Morning Consult: Portman Campaign Launches First Radio Ad
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign will begin airing its first radio commercial on Wednesday aimed at voters on the home turf of his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ted Strickland.
“Ted Strickland is no friend to southeast Ohio,” a narrator says. “Rob Portman is the leader we can trust.”
The ad, below, highlights Portman’s endorsement by the United Mine Workers of America, his support of the Second Amendment, and accused Strickland of supporting “Obama’s war on coal.” It will run for a month, a campaign official said.
Politico: AIR WARS — NEW THIS A.M.: Portman begins airing radio ads
GOP Sen. Rob Portman will run radio ads hitting opponent Ted Strickland in southeastern Ohio, saying he’s “changed” and works against the coal industry. A narrator touts Portman’s recent endorsement from the United Mine Workers of America and calls him “the leader we can trust.” The ad is Portman’s first radio ad of the cycle. It’s airing amidst an escalating war over which candidate can best represent the area’s interests. “Ted Strickland is no friend to southeast Ohio,” the radio ad says.
National Journal: TARGETED MESSAGING
Portman launched a radio ad in Southeast Ohio slamming Strickland as a “staunch supporter of Obama’s war on coal.” A narrator says Strickland, who was born there and represented the region in Congress, “turned his back on Ohio coal families, taking a $250,000 a year job for a liberal Washington group that lobbied for the War on Coal.” The ad will run for the next month.
Earlier this month, the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMWA) National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) endorsed Rob Portman. The Mine Workers endorsement is an important recognition of Rob's leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs, and came as a major blow to Ted Strickland who was endorsed by COMPAC in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor.
In their endorsement letter addressed to Rob, COMPAC International President Cecil Roberts and International Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane stated, “We very much appreciate the support you have given both active and retired coal miners and their families, especially in such difficult times as the coal industry is experiencing today. Your strong voice in support of our members is an inspiration to us all. We will be actively working among our membership and our communities to inform working and retired Ohioans of our support for you in this year’s election.”
COMPAC endorsed all of the Ohio Democrats running for office in 2006, 2010,2012, and 2014.
COMPAC endorsed these prominent Senate Democrats in 2012:
- Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
- Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
- Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
- Joe Manchin (D-WV)
- Tim Kaine (D-VA)
- Bob Casey (D-PA)
And in 2014, COMPAC endorsed these prominent Democrats running for Senate:
- Dick Durbin (D-IL)
- Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY)
- Mark Udall (D-CO)
- Mark Warner (D-VA)
Coal Country does not have a friend in Ted Strickland:
In response to the devastating "political blow," Ted Strickland launched a panicked two-day Appalachian Apology Tour in which he desperately tried to convince Ohio voters that the 2016 Ted Strickland from Washington, D.C. is the same as the 1996 Ted Strickland from Appalachia. Unfortunately for Ted, no amount of whining will change the fact that while Rob was fighting for Ohio coal jobs, Ted Strickland was being paid $250,000 at his Washington, D.C. 'dream job' running the lobbying arm of an anti-coal, anti-gun, pro-tax, pro-Obamacare liberal special interest group.
Strickland has refused to denounce Hillary Clinton’s comments attacking coal workers when she said that, if elected, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” In a press release, Rob condemned Clinton’s remarks and called on Ted Strickland to denounce them. It is important to note that Strickland is now 0-2 at Hillary Clinton's events in Ohio since she attacked coal workers in March when she said that, if elected, “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
On April 1, 2014, former Governor Ted Strickland started his first day as President of the anti-gun, anti-coal, pro-tax, pro-Obamacare Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund – a liberal special interest group.
Ohio Coal Association: Strickland Is “Bad For Ohio Coal” (Ohio Coal Association, 2/8/15) "Moving from Ohio to Washington, DC has a tendency to change people. So it’s no surprise that for the past couple years, former Governor Ted Strickland has been advocating for the Obama Administration’s radical anti-coal policies that could kill 53,000 Ohio jobs, lower access to affordable energy, and threaten grid reliability... Ted Strickland has always liked to claim that he supports Ohio’s coal industry, but he has done just the opposite. Rumors are that Ted Strickland is considering moving back to Ohio to get back into politics and run for the U.S. Senate against Senator Rob Portman in 2016. If he does, Strickland will have a lot to answer to Ohio's coal voters on why he betrayed the people he used to represent in Congress and why he has been getting paid by a liberal Washington think tank for the past few years to advocate policies that are bad for Ohio coal, as well as anyone who turns on a light switch."
The Buckeye Firearms Association says Strickland "completely and totally lost his way in Washington, D.C. (Buckeye Firearms Association, 2/11/15) "...In short, former Governor Ted Strickland, despite the good he did for gun owners when he lived in Ohio, has completely and totally lost his way in Washington D.C... And gun owners aren't the only ones who are concerned about his abandonment of Ohioans' values. This week, Cleveland Plain Dealer is quoting Christian Palich, interim president of the Ohio Coal Association, as saying Strickland has also turned his back on Ohio's coal workers and electricity consumers, just as he has Ohio gun owners."
Center for American Progress: “There is no war on coal.” (Center for American Progress, 5/30/14)
CAP Calls Obama’s Anti-Coal Rule ‘Most Important Federal Effort To Cut Carbon’ “…the Obama administration proposed the Clean Power Plan, a landmark policy to establish the first-ever carbon-pollution standards for power plants, the largest industrial source of carbon pollution in the United States… the most important federal effort to cut carbon...” (Center for American Progress, 3/9/15)
Think Progress Said President Obama's EPA Regulations On Power Plants ‘Will Be The Most Significant Thing America Has Ever Done To Combat Climate Change.’ "Regulating carbon emissions from coal plants will be the most significant thing America has ever done to combat climate change. The electricity sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions here, and dropping those 25 percent in 6 years amounts to a reduction of roughly 300 million tons of CO2 each year." (Think Progress, 7/2/14)