NILES,OH -- Today, Ted Strickland continued his ‘Ohio is Not for Sale’ tour in Niles, where he addressed the Mahoning/Trumbull Central Labor Council Dinner and highlighted how he’ll fight for working people 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 at the expense of Ohioans who actually work for a living.
“Rob Portman’s rich and powerful friends are spending millions on this campaign because they want him in Washington to do their bidding on the backs of Ohio’s working families – but I have a message for them: Ohio is not for sale,” said Ted Strickland. “Rob Portman calls himself a friend of labor but his record tells a different story. He has voted against raising the minimum wage, championed unfair trade deals that have cost us over 300,000 jobs to places like China and Mexico, and supported a national right-to-work law with the power to dismantle organized labor as we know it. But that’s just what Senator Portman does – he sells 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.”
This week, Strickland released a new Medium post –– “Ohio is Not for Sale” –– discussing Senator Portman’s record of looking out for his wealthy and well-connected campaign backers at the expense of Ohio’s working families. The Ohio Democratic Party has also released are search memo detailing Portman’s record of looking out for his special interest campaign contributors on issues like trade and retirement security. A summary of previous tour stops is available here and here.
At the event, Strickland also discussed his Ohio Families First plan to restore economic fairness for the middle class. Strickland’s plan includes a $1,000 tax cut for middle class Ohioans, increasing wages and overtime protections for workers, and cracking down on unfair trade deals like those championed by Senator Portman that have cost Ohio over 300,000 jobs to places like China and Mexico.
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.
Unlike Senator Portman who backed a national right-to-work bill, Ted Strickland opposes right-to-work legislation and believes workers should have the right to collectively bargain for pay and benefits.