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A Tale of Two Weeks: “Democrats are Fretting” Over Strickland

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last week’s Tale of Two Weeks was titled “Democrats Grow Anxious,” and not much changed this week as Ted Strickland faced an avalanche of bad press showing Democrats are none too pleased with his low-energy, “invisible” campaign for U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, after receiving two major union endorsements last week, the Portman Campaign racked up another impressive week including the announcement that it has now contacted more than 3,000,000 targeted swing voters in Ohio, the launch of a six-figure online campaign targeting union members and conservative Democrats, the announcement of another endorsement - the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18 - and the release of our latest TV ad, which will debut during tonight's Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics.

Monday, August 1st:
The Portman for Senate Campaign announced it has now contacted over 3,000,000 targeted swing voters across Ohio. With Monday's announcement and the fact that nearly 100,000 union members endorsed Rob last week, the momentum is certainly behind the Portman Campaign. Since May of last year, Team Portman has been knocking on doors and making phone calls, and this summer alone, the campaign has more than 500 full-time summer interns helping us across the state. You may click HERE or on the video below for an inside look at the campaign’s unprecedented grassroots efforts.


Following a week of terrible press coverage on Rob’s endorsements from the Ohio Teamsters and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, Ted Strickland attempted to change the subject to infrastructure reform. Unfortunately for Ted, he can't hide from his atrocious and hypocritical record by hosting a press conference calling for replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge – the very bridge that he actually voted against funding to replace. Sounds like the Strickland campaign forgot to do their homework. Don’t just take our word for it, here is what they had to say:

WLWT: “…Strickland cut highway funding when he was governor and voted against a national bill to replace the Brent Spence Bridge in 2004.”

Wheeling Intelligencer Editorial: Ted Strickland “has given Ohioans no reason to believe electing him to the Senate would improve prospects for the bridge.”

The Hill: Deteriorating bridge becomes flash point in Ohio Senate race

Tuesday, August 2nd:
Former President George W. Bush was in Ohio for a couple fundraisers - which generated more than $1 million dollars in a single day for the Portman Campaign - and to meet with some of the campaign's army of interns. Check out this picture of President Bush chatting with Team Portman:


The Portman Campaign also announced a statewide six-figure advertising campaign targeted to union members and conservative Democrats highlighting Rob's fight for Ohio workers and families following last week's endorsements by the Ohio Conference of Teamsters and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police and the June endorsement by the United Mine Workers of America. The ads are currently running online, and are targeted to union members via occupational targeting data available on Facebook and LinkedIn. They will appear on over two dozen targeted websites via the Google Display Network. 

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Wednesday, August 3rd:

The Portman for Senate Campaign announced a fourth union endorsement for Rob with the addition of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18 - representing over 15,000 workers across Ohio. In another "political blow" to Ted Strickland, this marks the third labor union in the past two weeks to throw their support behind Rob, and to make matters worse for Ted, IUOE Local 18 endorsed his campaign for governor in 2006.

This latest endorsement means that labor unions representing over 100,000 Ohio workers have analyzed the records of the two candidates in this race and concluded that Rob is the only candidate they can trust to fight for Ohio workers and families. Republicans, Independents, and even Democrats are rallying in support of Rob.

Thursday, August 4th:
Rob’s latest union endorsement “sent ripples of surprise through the state and Washington” further proving the momentum is certainly behind the Portman Campaign. Don’t just take our word for it, here is what they had to say:


National Journal: In Ohio, Re­pub­lic­ans are grow­ing cau­tiously op­tim­ist­ic that the con­test is trend­ing their way…  Strick­land has sur­pris­ingly struggled to raise money be­fit­ting a former gov­ernor, while Port­man is the best-fin­anced in­cum­bent in the coun­try.

Associated Press: Republican Sen. Rob Portman won the support of another Ohio labor union Wednesday, fueling GOP optimism about hanging onto the swing-state seat and Senate control in November. The union endorsement also added to Democrats' concerns about their candidate, former Gov. Ted Strickland.

ABC Toledo:

Toledo Blade: That makes the fourth major union that has previously supported Mr. Strickland to sign up with Mr. Portman. The other unions are the Fraternal Order of Police, the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, and the United Mine Workers.

ABC Columbus:

The Hill: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has been endorsed by Local 18 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the fourth endorsement he has received from a union that backed his opponent in previous races.

Washington Free Beacon: The defection of several unions that normally back Democrats could be a big hit to Strickland’s campaign, as unions constitute a major voting block for Democrats in the swing state of Ohio.

Morning Consult: Republican Sen. Rob Portman was endorsed by another Ohio labor union Wednesday, delivering another blow to his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Ted Strickland.


Politico: The Operating Engineers, a 15,000-member union that represents heavy equipment operators, endorsed GOP Sen. Rob Portman on Wednesday.

Roll Call: In Ohio, Portman, running what many political operatives consider the best campaign of 2016, had $13.2 million on hand at the end of June, dwarfing Strickland’s $3.7 million. The GOP incumbent also received the endorsement of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters last week, an announcement that sent ripples of surprise through the state and Washington.

In other news from Thursday: While former Governor Ted Strickland says he does not regret his decision whatsoever to support President Obama’s dangerous deal with Iran and in light of recent reports regarding the Obama Administration’s $400 million payment to Iran in January, Rob called on Ted Strickland to withdraw his support for the Iran deal immediately:

“National security is one of the most important issues we face yet former Governor Ted Strickland continues to stand with President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s failed foreign policies over Ohio – the very policies that have made America weaker, ISIS stronger, and include the dangerous deal with Iran,” said Rob Portman. “Is Ted Strickland going to stay silent following President Obama’s $400 million payment to Iran? The deal does absolutely nothing to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and these latest developments further allow Iran to increase its support for terrorism. I stand with the majority of Ohioans against this deal and in support of Israel, which is why I am calling on Ted Strickland to withdraw his support for the Iran deal immediately.”

Toledo Blade: Portman blasts Strickland over Iran deal revelations

Friday, August 5th:
Today, the Portman for Senate Campaign released "Olympics," the campaign's newest TV ad, which debuts statewide today during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and continues through the next few weeks. "Olympics" highlights Ohio manufacturing and Rob's record of standing up to China and fighting for Ohio workers against China's unfair trade practices. The campaign will broadcast this ad across Ohio for the duration of the Olympics. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch “Olympics.”