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Ohio's Leading African American Newspaper Endorses Portman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, Ohio's leading African American newspaper, the Call & Post, endorsed Rob Portman for U.S. Senate saying, "It is the distinct privilege of the Call & Post to highly recommend and support Rob Portman for United States Senate." The Call & Post is distributed in Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati.

This latest endorsement follows three key newspaper endorsements from Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown recently and from Lima, Wheeling, Tiffin, Chillicothe, Hillsboro, Parkersburg, and Elyria in the past five days. Last week, 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."

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, the Chillicothe Gazette, the Times Gazette, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, and the Call & Post have all endorsed Rob for U.S. Senate. For those keeping track Rob has been endorsed by 17 newspapers while Strickland has only been endorsed by two - including one student newspaper.

On Monday, as part of its targeted outreach, the Portman for Senate Campaign released its latest radio ads featuring African American leaders from across Ohio, Bishop Timothy Clarke of Columbus, Reverend Henry Curtis of Cleveland, and Reverend Damon Lynch, Jr. of Cincinnati. The ads highlight Rob's support from the community and his work to put in place policies that promote good-paying jobs, fight the heroin and prescription drug epidemic, his leadership to reduce recidivism through his legislation co-authored with the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), the Second Chance Act, and his record of delivering results for Ohio workers and their families.

You May Click Here to Listen to the New Radio Ad Featuring Bishop Timothy Clarke
"I support Senator Portman because I have seen in him a man of integrity and a man of commitment and a man of true decency."

You May Click Here to Listen to the New Radio Ad Featuring Rev. Henry Curtis
"I've been able to see [Rob's] heart for the citizens of the state Ohio and his record in helping Ohioans of every walk of life."

You May Click Here to Listen to the New Radio Ad Featuring Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr.
"Rob Portman is a great leader... warm, friendly, engaging - all of those attributes I have seen embodied in him... He is the kind of person we need in Ohio to represent us in the Senate."

Earlier this month, the Portman for Senate Campaign released its latest TV ad, "Second Chance." The ad highlights Rob's work to reduce recidivism through his legislation co-authored with the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), the Second Chance Act. The ad features a testimonial from the Reverend Henry Curtis of Cleveland and is running statewide. You may click HERE or below to watch "Second Chance."

Also earlier this month, nearly 30 prominent African American religious leaders from across Ohio, including several Democrats, endorsed Rob at a luncheon in Columbus. These endorsements are the latest developments in Ohio's Senate race after the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, the IUOE Local 18, and the United Mine Workers of America each endorsed Rob after previously supporting Ted Strickland.

Last summer, the Portman for Senate Campaign launched it's African American Leadership Council, a group that has been advising Rob on issues impacting the urban community and helping to spread the word on Rob's policy initiatives to grow jobs and expand opportunities for all Ohioans. You may click HERE or on the video below to watch Rev. Damon Lynch discuss his support of Rob.

In total, the campaign has launched seven coalitions: the African American Leadership Council, the Veterans Leadership CouncilWomen for PortmanSportsmen for Portman, the Hispanic Leadership CouncilSmall Business Coalition, and the Students for Portman Coalition which has college chairs on over 30 campuses across Ohio.

Rob is the original author of the Second Chance Act that helps reduce recidivism by giving ex-offenders an opportunity to turn their lives around through successful drug recovery programs, job training, and mental health treatment. During his time in the House of Representatives, Rob worked with the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) to author the law.  It has now supported hundreds of local and state agencies, nonprofits, and community- and faith-based organizations that are working to help transition inmates back into their communities with the support they need to break the grip of addiction, to get important skills to get back to work, and to stay out of prison. According to the Department of Justice, Rob’s law has provided over $475 million in grants since it was signed into law.    

Ninety-five percent of people who are in jail or prison will one day be released, but two-thirds of inmates who are released will end up back in jail within three years. But, Rob’s law has worked across the country. In the past ten years the recidivism rate in Ohio has dropped by 11 percent, and Rob has been leading the effort in the Senate to update and improve the law. He has worked with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to introduce the Second Chance Reauthorization Act that will continue upon the success of the law and make families and communities stronger, save taxpayer dollars, and improve the criminal justice system.     

Specifically, the Second Chance Reauthorization Act will take the data from the original law and redouble funding to programs that have proven to be successful. The new bill will also allow a wider range of non-profits that focus on substance abuse treatment and career training to be eligible for funding. Finally, the new bill will continue to save taxpayer money by reducing recidivism and the number of Americans in prison.    

Rob is also an independent voice in the Senate who has gotten results for Ohioans to address the heroin epidemic that has led to a spike in drug arrests, crimes, and imprisonment. More than 20 years ago, Rob founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. He chaired the coalition for nine years, served on the board, and was even a member of the board when he was elected to the US Senate. Rob is a leader in the Senate on addressing prescription drug abuse, stopping synthetic drugs, and improving the ability to track prescription drug sales across state lines. Rob co-authored the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which tackles the prescription drug and heroin epidemic head on by expanding education and prevention efforts, helping law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expanding treatment and recovery programs. Rob began this legislative effort in 2014 and his CARA was recently signed into law by President Obama.  

Rob has also been a leader on career training skills while serving in the Senate. He has introduced the Career Act with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) that makes federal job training programs more responsive to the needs of the 21st-century job market. The CAREER Act would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal job training, without decreasing services or accessibility to services, including for the workers who need these programs the most. Additionally, Rob co-founded the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). The bipartisan Caucus focuses on improving and strengthening access to career and technical education to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century.