Strickland has new ad showing support from Obama
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland is airing a new ad touting his support from President Barack Obama.
The ad, airing in Cleveland and Columbus markets, features Obama talking about Strickland’s achievements as governor of Ohio and member of Congress.
Obama emphasizes Strickland’s family background as a son of a steelworker and first one in his family to go to college.
“Ted delivered, and when it mattered most he had your back,” Obama said in the ad .
The ad comes at a time where polls show that Strickland’s victory over his opponent Republican Sen. Rob Portman is improbable.
In a Suffolk University poll published last week, Strickland was 15 points behind Portman, with 30.8 to 45.8 percent.
World Series bet
Democratic Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Dick Durbin of Illinois, made a friendly bet on the outcome of the 2016 World Series last week, offering the winner local beer from their respective home states.
Brown supports the Cleveland Indians and Durbin cheers for the Chicago Cubs.
Their bet was one of two in the Senate last week.
Portman and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., made a similar wager, each cheering for their state’s team. Portman will deliver Great Lakes Oktoberfest beer to Kirk if the Cubs prevail and will get a case of Illinois’ Goose Island 312 if the Indians win.
Portman targets African American vote
Portman’s campaign has released a series of radio ads that feature African American pastors from Ohio who praise Portman. The ads will run in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati.
The commercials stress Portman’s involvement in legislation to reduce recidivism, called the Second Chance Act, and his work to fight the heroin and prescription drug epidemic in Ohio. The Second Chance Act gives ex-offenders the opportunity to get job training, overcome their drug problems and get mental health treatment. It was signed in 2008.
Rev. Henry Curtis from Cleveland, one of the pastors appearing in the radio ad, also appeared in a TV ad released by Portman’s campaign earlier this month. Portman has been endorsed by 28 African American religious leaders in Ohio.
The ad is part of Portman’s outreach to African American voters.