As Portman Returns to OH, Strickland Launches Facebook Ads & Petition On SCOTUS

COLUMBUS, OH -- As Sen. Rob Portman returns to Ohio for a two-week congressional recess, the Ted Strickland for Senate campaign is welcoming Sen. Portman home by launching Facebook ads and an online petition highlighting Sen. Portman’s failure to uphold his constitutional responsibilities and do his job by refusing to consider the new Supreme Court nominee.

The ads follow the launch of the Strickland campaign’s website www.DoYourJobRob.com, featuring the voices of Ohio residents describing what would happen to them if they followed Sen. Portman’s example and refused to do their own jobs in Ohio. The new Facebook ads are part of an ongoing six-figure digital campaign announced last week.

“Senator Rob Portman’s refusal to uphold his constitutional responsibilities and even consider the Supreme Court nominee is a blatant example of how he is pushing the agenda of the Washington power brokers and the well connected special interests he serves at Ohio’s expense,” said Ted Strickland. “It’s the kind of behavior that only makes sense inside the warped, twisted and partisan politics of the Beltway club that Senator Portman is a part of. But now that he’s home, Ohioans have a simple message for Sen. Portman: do your job, Rob!”

The ad is below:

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Sen. Portman has received blistering criticism from editorial boards, leaders of the legal community and voters for his refusal to consider a new Supreme Court Justice, and polling shows a strong majority of Ohioans disagree with his position:

  • A Cincinnati Enquirer editorial stated, “Americans are saying loud and clear that they aren’t happy about how Washington has been running – or, more accurately, not running. Many senators, unfortunately, either aren’t getting the message or are misinterpreting it...The Enquirer editorial board urges Portman, who’s up for re-election, and McConnell to reconsider their opposition to hearings for this nominee who has previously received bipartisan support”

  • A Toledo Blade editorial stated, "If Senator Portman maintains his lockstep partisan obstructionism, Ohio voters will need to keep that in mind this Election Day. Polls suggest that most Ohioans want the high court vacancy filled this year. There is no reason to link a Senate vote to the outcome of the presidential election...The Senate should do its job, and let the President do his.”

  • A Columbus Dispatch editorial stated, “Once again, [Republicans] are making it easy to portray them as obstructionists...Senate Republicans, such as Ohio’s Rob Portman, have advanced the argument that the voters of the United States should decide who should be nominated to the Supreme Court through their vote for president in November. But that’s exactly the decision the voters made three Novembers ago when they elected Obama to a four-year term, which continues until January.”

  • A Cleveland.com editorial stated, “Sen. Portman has decided to fall in line with Republican Party leaders in their sharply partisan and uncompromising stance on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination. It was a mistake for Portman to do so.”  

  • The Dean Emeritus and the Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati wrote that Senator Portman’s position “is wrongheaded and injurious to the court as well as to other sectors of government and to the economy more generally. “

  • Republican former State Justice Andy Douglas stated “As I read the U.S. Constitution, it is not only the prerogative of the President to nominate someone to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, it is also the President’s duty. I am disappointed in, and discouraged by, those who have predetermined that any nominee will not be given a fair hearing or any hearing at all. American citizens deserve better than this.”

  • Judge Mark Painter wrote in theCincinnati Enquirer that Portman "believes that the Senate should shirk its constitutional duty” and is "guilty of putting both party and politics above the law of the land."

  • A Youngstown Vindicator editorial stated, “Republicans in Congress, including Portman, are demanding that Obama ignore the Constitution with regard to one of the most important duties of a president: the nomination of federal judges, including those for the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Toledo Blade editorial stated, “Creating a crisis in one of the three branches of the federal government is too high a price to pay for partisan advantage…. Regrettably, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who is seeking re-election this year in a state that Mr. Obama won twice, has adopted his party’s indefensible line.”

  • An Akron Beacon Journal editorial stated that Portman “fell, predictably, into the party line… Yet the majority does have an obvious responsibility to see that the courts function, and to show respect for the will of voters.”

  • Columbus Dispatch editorial stated, “This is an affront to the president’s constitutional authority to nominate a justice. And it is an abdication of the Senate’s duty to “advise and consent” in confirming a nominee; it should consider an individual’s merits.”

  • On WBNS-TV’s “Face the State,” the chair of the Ohio Republican Party contradicted Portman’s position the Supreme Court, stating that the Senate should consider a nominee.

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