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Strickland Responds to Portman’s Mine Workers Endorsement With Damage-Control Tour Through Appalachia

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Portman for Senate Campaign issued the following statement in advance of Ted Strickland’s damage-control tour through Appalachia. The tour comes in response to the devastating “political blow” Strickland received last week when the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMWA) National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) endorsed Rob Portman for his leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs. COMPAC endorsed Ted Strickland in 2006 and 2010 when he ran for Governor.

“As the saying goes, when you are responding, you are losing. Ted Strickland was so devastated to lose the UMWA endorsement that he has decided to launch a damage-control tour through Appalachia,” Portman for Senate spokesperson Michawn Rich said. “The fact is Ted Strickland turned his back on Appalachia when he moved to D.C. for his 'dream job' being paid $250,000 to lobby for the anti-gun, anti-coal, pro-tax, pro-Obamacare Center for American Progress. Strickland’s damage-control tour through Appalachia is just another attempt to paper over his awful record and the fact that the UMWA endorsed Rob Portman last week. When Appalachia learns that Ted Strickland turned his back to become a liberal D.C. lobbyist, I would be surprised if there is a single person in the region who votes for him.”

This graphic shows the "changes" Ted Strickland has made over the years:

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Rob Portman's COMPAC endorsement was considered a “political blow" to Ted Strickland:

WOWK 13: The announcement “counts as a political blow to Strickland”
WHIZ NEWS: Coal Miners back Portman over Strickland for U.S. Senate
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
Washington Free Beacon: Coal Miners Union Endorses Rob Portman for Reelection to Senate
Toledo Blade: Mine workers union endorses Sen. Portman for re-election
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

 

Background:

COMPAC endorsed Ted Strickland both times he ran for Governor – in 2006 and 2010. They also endorsed all of the Ohio Democrats running for office in 200620102012 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 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:
When Ted Strickland was Governor, Appalachia lost more than 80,000 jobs.

Ted 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 Portman condemned Clinton’s remarks and called on Ted Strickland to denounce them.

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)

Ted Strickland's state budget included a tax increase on coal production. "Ohio’s oil, natural gas and coal producers charged that Strickland-proposed extraction fees were tax hikes that would drive up consumer costs and put them at a competitive disadvantage." (Columbus Dispatch, 2/5/09)

Ted Strickland voted for the bill in Congress that included an energy tax, despite knowing it would damage a number of his district’s employers and cost Ohio consumer and businesses $1.3 billion. "[Strickland] said the energy tax would hurt some industries in his district, including a paper plant in Chillicothe, an air freight hub in Wilmington, coal mines in Meigs County and an uranium enrichment plant in Piketon that, alone, uses nearly $1 million in electricity per day." (Columbus Dispatch, 4/6/93)

 

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