Strickland calls on Portman to renounce endorsement of Trump after attacks on Gold Star Khan family
COLUMBUS, OH -- Today, Ted Strickland joined a group of union veterans in Toledo for a discussion on policies to improve the lives of Ohio’s working people and servicemembers. Strickland was joined by Iraq veteran Will Fischer, a United States Marine and Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council, AFL-CIO.
During the event, Strickland reiterated his call for Senator Portman to retract his endorsement of Trump following Trump’s attacks against the Gold Star Khan family and his offensive comments about Purple Heart recipients. Strickland also spoke about his record of fighting for Ohio’s veterans and how he will bring that same commitment to the Senate: as governor, Strickland offered free tuition for veterans, cut taxes for veterans and military families, and created the first veterans focused cabinet level department.
“In the Senate I will continue fighting to ensure that America’s veterans receive all the honor, dignity and benefits they have rightfully earned. But Senator Portman’s continued support for Donald Trump – even after Trump’s attacks on the Gold Star Khan family, his insulting statements about prisoners of war, and his disparaging remarks about Purple Heart recipients – is simply disgraceful,” said Ted Strickland. “The truth is, if Portman won’t stand up to Trump after these despicable attacks on our military families, there’s no way Ohioans can trust Portman to stand up for us in the Senate. As governor, I am proud that we cut taxes and made college tuition free for veterans and established the first cabinet-level department dealing specifically with veterans’ affairs –this is the same commitment I will bring to serving and fighting for our military families in the Senate who have earned our country’s undying gratitude.”
During his campaign, Strickland has earned the support of the following unions: The Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters; The United Auto Workers; The AFL-CIO; SEIU; The United Steelworkers; The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU); The Ohio State Council of Machinists; The Ohio Education Association; The Transport Workers Union, Ohio-Michigan State Conference; The Tri County Regional Labor Council; The Painters and Allied Trades District Council 6; The Communications Workers of America District 4; UFCW; Teamsters Local 20; The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66; American Postal Workers Union; Utility Workers Union of America; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Amalgamated Transit Union; United Transportation Union; Sheet Metal Workers; Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union; National Association of Postal Supervisors; International Longshoremen's Association; National Association of Letter Carriers; Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers; Transport Workers Union; Glass Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers International Union; International Brotherhood of Boilermakers; International Longshore and Warehouse Union; UNITE HERE; International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees; International Association Heat Frost Insulation and Asbestos Workers; International Association of Ironworkers ; American Federation of Teachers; The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada (UA); International Longshoremen's Association; National Treasury Employees Union; Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.