COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Wheeling Intelligencer editorial page took former Governor Ted Strickland to task saying that Rob's "lead is no surprise" considering Strickland "has not gained traction" and that he "refused to stand up for Ohio’s coal miners." You may click HERE or scroll down to read the editorial in its entirety.
Portman Lead Is No Surprise
September 1, 2016
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. It is advice clearly being taken to heart by voters in Ohio. Liberal organizations had hoped they could elect former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to the U.S. Senate this fall. But the Democrat candidate has not gained traction against incumbent Sen. Rob Portman, the Republican who has a track record of which he can boast.
Portman reportedly enjoys a wide lead against Strickland in public opinion polls. That has prompted two big Democrat funding groups to consider throwing in the towel.
Both had scheduled big advertising buys in support of Strickland — possibly amounting to millions of dollars — in the weeks leading up to Nov. 8. But this week it was reported the Senate Majority PAC and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have canceled those plans. Better to put their money into Senate races where they have more chance of winning.
Ohioans were fooled before by Strickland’s promises, when he served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, then as governor.
While the state’s chief executive, Strickland supported President Barack Obama staunchly. He refused to stand up for Ohio’s coal miners.
He also presided over a near-meltdown of the state budget, all the while claiming things were not as bad as critics said. When he left office, thrown out by voters who elected Gov. John Kasich, there was an $8 billion gap in the budget.
Fortunately, Kasich and legislators were able not only to eliminate that gap, but to provide needed tax relief for Ohioans.
So it comes as no surprise that the political pros are ready to write Strickland off. After having spent millions of dollars on his behalf already, they have learned that Ohioans will not be fooled twice.