COLUMBUS, OH -- At Donald Trump appearances in Columbus and Cincinnati today, the Ted Strickland for Senate Campaign will distribute a flyer highlighting Senator Rob Portman’s decision to drop his support for Trump, which has left him hemorrhaging supporters. Just yesterday, the Statehouse News Bureau reported that the Northeast Ohio Tea Party has withdrawn its support from Portman and that its members “plan to vote against Portman.”
The flyer reads: “Portman Dumped Trump. Let’s Dump Portman.”
In the days since Portman dumped trump, he has faced increasing backlash from members of his own party including GOP groups, the highest ranking Republican state senator, and grassroots supporters across the state.
Earlier this week, when asked about Portman’s decision to drop support for Trump, Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, the highest ranking Republican state senator, publicly rebuked Rob Portman to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The Portage County Tea Party also announced it will withhold its endorsement of Senator Rob Portman, calling him out for his “big monied” backers.
And following a trend of former Portman supporters throwing away their yard signs and posting images of the discarded signs on social media, the Ohio Democratic Party launched a “Portman Sign Recycling Program” at ODP headquarters: 340 E. Fulton Street, Columbus.
This week, the Strickland campaign released a new television advertisement: “Coward,” which highlights Portman’s continued support for Trump after he bragged about sexual assault. The campaign also distributed a flyer outlining 20 times Rob Portman refused to dump Trump.