COLUMBUS, OH – Today, Ted Strickland addressed the Columbus Metropolitan Club to discuss how he’ll fight for Ohioans who actually work for a living in the Senate –– in contrast to Senator Portman who has been propped up by millions of dollars in campaign spending from his rich and powerful friends in exchange for pushing their agenda in Washington.
“The rich and the powerful are spending millions propping up Senator Portman because they want him in Washington to continue pushing their agenda at the expense of Ohio’s working families –– but I have a message for them: Ohio is not for sale,” said Ted Strickland. “Whether Senator Portman was championing unfair trade deals that have cost us over 300,000 jobs, trying to raise the retirement age for seniors, opposing affordable higher education or voting against commonsense gun safety measures, Senator Portman is selling us out in order to do what’s best for his wealthy and well-connected campaign backers. Millionaires, billionaires, lobbyists and special interests have plenty of people in D.C. like Portman looking out for them -- I want to go to the Senate and fight for Ohioans who actually work for a living because that’s where I came from, that’s who I care about and that’s who I’ll always put first.”
From Andrew Campbell of the Columbus Metropolitan Club: “Unfortunately, Senator Portman so far has not confirmed he will address our organization.”
On Tuesday, Strickland released a new Medium post –– “Ohio is Not for Sale” –– highlighting Senator Portman’s record of looking out for his wealthy and well-connected campaign backers at the expense of Ohio’s working families, and over the past several weeks Strickland has held “Ohio is Not for Sale” tour stops across the state. The Ohio Democratic Party has also released a research memo detailing Portman’s record of looking out for his special interest campaign contributors, while Ohio’s middle class pays the price.
Here are a few examples of how Senator Portman is trying to sell out Ohioans:
Wall Street has given Senator Portman over $3 million, and in return he’s supported gambling with Ohio seniors’ Social Security on the stock market and stopping our students from getting cheaper loans.
Multinational corporations and big pharmaceutical companies have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy Senator Portman’s support, and in return he’s championed unfair trade deals that have cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs to places like China and Mexico.
The gun lobby has spent more money propping up Senator Portman than it has on every other Senate and House campaign in the country -- combined. After the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Senator Portman voted against a simple, commonsense proposal to stop a suspected terrorist from buying a weapon.