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Portman for Senate Releases New Ad: “Cleveland's Biggest Enemy”

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Portman for Senate campaign released "Cleveland's Biggest Enemy," the first in a series of online ads that will run in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention. The campaign is spending more than $100,000 on the series, with the second ad debuting later this week. "Cleveland's Biggest Enemy" features Ted Strickland's own comments about Cleveland, referring to Cleveland as its own worst enemy, and highlights how Strickland was called the worst governor for Cleveland in a lifetime. You may click here to watch the ad. 

"With all eyes on Cleveland this week, we're reminding voters in Northeast Ohio that they simply cannot afford a return to Retread Ted's Ohio when the Greater Cleveland area lost more than 76,000 jobs." Portman spokesperson Michawn Rich said. "Ted Strickland had no problem telling Ohioans that 'Cleveland's biggest enemy is Cleveland' until he decided to run for Senate. The truth is that Cleveland's biggest enemy is Ted Strickland and he was the worst governor for Cleveland in a lifetime." 



Background:

Following Strickland’s 2010 defeat, he blamed his loss on voters in the Cleveland area, who he believed were not appreciative of his efforts. He also charged that “Cleveland’s biggest enemy is Cleveland.” "Cleveland’s biggest enemy is Cleveland”  (Plain Dealer, December 21, 2010)

Brent Larkin wrote "Strickland is, by no small margin, the worst governor for Cleveland in my lifetime. ... A great many corporate and political leaders think Strickland has been horrible for Greater Cleveland..." (Brent Larkin, Plain Dealer, June 28, 2009)

While Ted was governor, the Greater Cleveland area lost more than 76,000 jobs. (OhioLostJobs.com; Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 3/25/16)