COLUMBUS, Ohio – A week ago today, the United Mine Workers of America’s (UMWA) National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC) endorsed Rob Portman. The Mine Workers endorsement is an important recognition of Rob Portman's leadership protecting Ohio’s coal jobs, and came as a major blow to Ted Strickland who was endorsed by COMPAC in 2006 and 2010 while running for Governor.
In response to the devastating "political blow," Ted Strickland this week launched a panicked two-day Appalachian Damage-Control Tour.
From spokesperson Michawn Rich: "Even Ted Strickland is willing to admit his campaign has been derailed over the past week, and now he's desperately trying to convince Ohio voters that the 2016 Ted Strickland from Washington, D.C. is the same as the 1996 Ted Strickland from Appalachia. No amount of whining will change the fact that while Rob was fighting for Ohio coal jobs, Ted Strickland was being paid $250,000 at his Washington, D.C. 'dream job' running the lobbying arm of an anti-coal, anti-gun, pro-tax, pro-Obamacare liberal special interest group. By November 8th, we'd be shocked if anyone in Appalachia supports him other than his relatives and campaign staff."
A few highlights of last week's endorsement and its aftermath:
AP: "Strickland is making a two-day swing through eastern and southern Ohio in the wake of losing a critical coal mine union’s endorsement."
Enquirer: "Strickland admits that losing the coal endorsement hurt"
Ohio Coal Association: “Unless Ted Strickland is coming to coal country to apologize for his anti-coal work in Washington, or his support for Hillary Clinton, who brags about putting more coal miners out of work, coal families already know exactly where he stands on supporting their livelihood”
WOWK 13: The endorsement of Portman “counts as a political blow to Strickland”
- Toledo Blade: Mine workers union endorses Sen. Portman for re-election
In their endorsement letter addressed to Rob Portman, COMPAC International President Cecil Roberts and International Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Kane stated, “We very much appreciate the support you have given both active and retired coal miners and their families, especially in such difficult times as the coal industry is experiencing today. Your strong voice in support of our members is an inspiration to us all. We will be actively working among our membership and our communities to inform working and retired Ohioans of our support for you in this year’s election.”
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 2006, 2010, 2012 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 running 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:
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)