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Chillicothe Gazette Endorses Rob Portman

Portman Now Endorsed by 13/14 Ohio Newspapers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, following three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown last weekend and from Lima, Wheeling, and Tiffin yesterday, the Chillicothe Gazette announced its endorsement of Rob Portman for U.S. Senate. The Gazette highlighted Rob's work to combat human trafficking and the heroin and prescription drug epidemic that has hurt too many Ohio families. The newspaper also highlighted Rob's ability to find common ground in order to deliver results for Ohio families saying that his "work ethic, track record and ability to work across the aisle to accomplish good things makes him the hands-down choice."

The latest endorsement comes the same week as the Portman for Senate campaign released its latest web ad, "Newspapers Agree," highlighting this month's endorsements of Rob by (in chronological order) the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Akron, Youngstown, Cleveland, and Columbus papers previously endorsed Strickland for governor and some endorsed Rob's Democratic opponent in 2010. The newspapers highlighted Rob as a "superior candidate," pointing to his record of results for Ohio, including his work to combat both the heroin epidemic and human trafficking, as well as Strickland's failure to "offer his own clear road maps," saying "it's hard to believe Strickland could make a difference in the Senate."

You may click HERE or below to watch "Newspapers Agree" and scroll down to read the Chillicothe Gazette endorsement.

Newspapers Agree

So far, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Crain's Cleveland Business, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Columbus Dispatch, the Courier, the  Akron Beacon Journal, the Youngstown Vindicator, the Martins Ferry Times Leader, the Highland County Press, the Lima News, the Wheeling Intelligencer, the Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, and the Chillicothe Gazette have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by thirteen newspapers while Strickland has been endorsed by one.

Portman hands down best choice for U.S. Senate
Chillicothe Gazette
October 23, 2016

The race for U.S. Senate features a pair of long-time politicians who have sparred on nearly every issue and tried to paint their opponent as extreme.

The incumbent, Sen. Rob Portman, has touted his accomplishments, but also sought to link Gov. Ted Strickland to thousands of jobs lost during his term as governor and his post-gubernatorial lobbyist job.

Meanwhile, Strickland — a Scioto County native who served six terms in the U.S. House, including many of those years serving Pike and Ross counties — has bitterly portrayed Portman as closely aligned with GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump and out of touch with Ohio's values.

We believe Portman is the best choice.

Our analysis finds Portman to be a reasoned, effective lawmaker who certainly has distinguished himself in the area of fighting heroin and human trafficking, as well working to open overseas markets for U.S. trade.

Portman's work on the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is, particularly of note. The bill helps increase prevention and education, makes life-saving Naloxone more readily available, and contributes toward better treatment options for incarcerated addicts. While Strickland slams Portman for not funding the bill, Portman rightly points out he did secure $37 million to assist in its implementation. We believe that move was a nod to the necessity of funding the heroin fight, while also seeking some fiscal caution for an already bloated Washington budget. We also believe he's not done trying to secure funding for this struggle.

As a side note, we're also proud of Portman's evolution on the same-sex marriage, as he noted his personal connection to the issue and his recent declaration in support of granting legal status to those living in the U.S. illegally.

He's shown a willingness to challenge his party on the correct issues and when he's found traction in some of the ideas offered by those across the aisle.

We've long appreciated and supported Strickland's work for the region in Congress, and while in the governor's mansion, we don't believe he's a better choice than Portman.

Portman's work ethic, track record and ability to work across the aisle to accomplish good things makes him the hands-down choice.