Strickland Kept the Pressure on Portman Today as Campaign Released New Television Advertisement Highlighting Portman’s Lack of Leadership
COLUMBUS, OH – Ted Strickland continued his “Ohio is Not for Sale” tour in Columbus today to highlight 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. Strickland also blasted Senator Portman for his failure to lead over the weekend when he continued to endorse Donald Trump for president, even after learning about Trump’s derogatory comments bragging about sexual assault. Portman then panicked in a transparent attempt to try and save his own political ambitions.
Today, the Ted Strickland for Senate Campaign also released a new television advertisement: “Coward,” which highlights Portman’s continued support for Trump after he bragged about sexual assault.
“We know Senator Portman will do just about anything he thinks will protect his own political ambitions -- first it was supporting Trump, even after Trump vividly bragged about sexual assault, then, when he thought it could help him win votes, he made the transparent decision to drop that support. It’s clear his rich and powerful campaign backers are pulling the strings and he will continue to answer to them – not working Ohioans – in Washington,” said Ted Strickland. “Senator Portman sells out Ohioans in order to do what’s best for his wealthy and well-connected campaign friends. 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.”
Last week, Strickland also released a new Medium post, “Ohio is Not for Sale,” and a television ad,”$50 Million” – highlighting 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 a research memo detailing Portman’s record of looking out for his special interest campaign contributors on issues like trade, retirement security and gun safety.
This morning, Strickland participated in the Americans for Responsible Solutions 2016 Vocal Majority Tour, where he was joined by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, State Senator Charleta Tavares, and State Senate candidate Cathy Johnson to discuss the need for commonsense gun safety measures. Strickland helped kick off the Ohio leg of the touron Sunday in Lakewood alongside Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Strickland also rallied with Hillary Clinton at The Ohio State University to highlight the stakes in this election.