Freedom Partners Action Fund congratulates U.S. Senator Rob Portman.
National Democrats saw Ohio as key to retaking the Senate and Ted Strickland was their star. Early in the race, Strickland was leading Senator Rob Portman in the polls by a wide margin. That changed when Freedom Partners Action Fund engaged with one of the most effective ads of the cycle, highlighting how Ted Strickland’s failed economic policies as governor helped push jobs out of Ohio and into surrounding states, and his fiscal mismanagement drained the state’s rainy-day fund from $1 billion to 89 cents.
The ads were so effective that Strickland was forced to respond directly to Freedom Partners Action Fund’s claims and even acknowledged in media interviews that the ads had taken their toll. As a result, his lead disappeared and the race shifted dramatically to Portman’s favor. By August, national support for Strickland began to dry up and Portman coasted to the most decisive victory in the nation. As a result of the Action Fund’s early engagement, the organization was able to invest resources in more competitive races during the final stretch of the campaign cycle.
Freedom Partners Action Fund supports U.S. Sen. Rob Portman because of his commitment to free-market solutions to grow the economy and increase opportunity for all Americans. Reckless spending and a dangerously high national debt are major obstacles to a strong and sustained economic recovery, and Sen. Portman has been an advocate for fiscal responsibility as a key part of driving that recovery.
Six years ago, Ohioans decided Ted Strickland did not deserve a second term as governor, due in large part to his failed leadership. Although the entire country’s economy was suffering, Strickland’s tax-and-spend policies made things worse for Ohioans. He depleted the rainy day fund, raised taxes, and saw businesses flee Ohio. Strickland also focused his efforts on policies that advanced special interests – many of whom would go on to donate to Strickland – instead of the taxpayers’ interests. After leaving office, Strickland served as president of a liberal, Washington, D.C.-based interest group that advocated for policies that threaten Ohio’s energy and manufacturing jobs. Ohio’s economy and the country’s fiscal health cannot afford Ted Strickland.
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