(CNN) – The first line of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's campaign biography boasts the Democratic governor is "the son of a steelworker" who "never imagined he'd be able to go to college."
Indeed, Strickland's humble upbringing is just the type campaigns love to highlight, and never more so during an economic climate that still hasn't shown signs for recovery for many Ohioans.
But the campaign of Strickland's Republican opponent -former U.S. Rep. John Kasich – is causing a stir for attacking the same simple origins Strickland celebrates.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said in a statement Tuesday Strickland is a poor manager of Ohio's cities because the Democrat was raised "in a chicken shack on Duck Run."
Nichols' statement came after Strickland's running mate, Yvette Brown, said in a recent speech, "Ted didn't grow up in city, but he fights for our cities every day."
"Not until Ted Strickland feared needing their votes did he give urban Ohioans a second thought. Having grown up in a chicken shack on Duck Run, he has all but ignored our cities' economies and their workers," Nichols said in the statement responding to Brown's speech.
Strickland's campaign seized on the slap at Strickland's upbringing, saying, "Only the Congressman from Wall Street would be so out of touch as to insult Ted's humble upbringing."
"While Congressman Kasich may have spent a lot of time in boardrooms at Lehman Brothers and rubbing elbows with lobbyists at cocktail parties in Washington, Ohioans are looking for a Governor who will represent their values-and clearly that is not John Kasich," spokesman Lis Smith said.
Nichols has since said he did not mean his comments as an insult, but Strickland's campaign has organized a conference call later Wednesday with "representatives from rural and Appalachian Ohio" to take aim at the comments.
UPDATE: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, speaking in Cleveland Wednesday, also took a hit at the comments.
“I noticed that the other campaign yesterday ridiculed him for ‘growing up in a chicken shack on Duck Run Ohio,’” said Kaine. “I’m don’t know why they though that’s a bad thing, but maybe that’s how it looks from the perspective of a Lehman Brothers consultant.”
Kasich comes across as a high brow lowlife...
Wow – how tone deaf can you get? Is Kasich implying that Strickland had some control over where his family grew up? I mean – WOW!
Anything to deflect from the mess that Ohio is under Strickland...
Wake up people! If they have led you into bankruptcy, then get rid of them!
If the good ole' party of NO did not mean the comment, then surely the wall street elbow man would not have said the comment....right?
Better to have a govenor that knows the regular guy than the wall street well to do, that has no clue about the needs of the regular guy.
If you hear wall street.............run, run, run.............................................
the other way.
This is just what we ALL EXPECT FROM REPUBLICAN'S!
Good people, can you not see how horrible the Republicans have become? How can you tolerate such hatefullness? You have Palin who says what she thinks people want to hear and is very unchristian in a lot of what she does and says, those of them that are for bp and not us in Louisiana, death panels, Joe the plumber, the tea party, on and on and on. And now this. How cruel they have become.
Chickens coming back to roost again, GOPers? Can't seem to get rid of the pesky little things, can you?
I'd rather have somebody raised in a chicken shack who know my plight than somebody who is beholden to Lehman brothers, AIG and the like. Let's re-elect Ted Strickland as Governor of the Great State of Ohio.
Yah, attacking someone's rise out of poverty, real classy.
Who would you want to be you governor? Someone who built themselves up from nothing or someone who was given everything to them by someone else who worked hard?
Which candidate can you relate to?
It's funny that the person with the poorer background has so much more class.
Vote Dems in '10
That is why it is the land of opportunity for those that strive for higher education despite your prevoius financial level. Republicans should shuit their mouths when they do not have constructive comments to say. What can you say about a party that endorces Palins, no education at all.
But if he was raised in a chicken shack wouldn't this put him in the best position to barter with his physician to pay for his medical care with chickens? Isn't that the Republican's plan to solve the health care costs?
That Nichols is an elitist!!!!!! Have a nice day!
"Nichols has since said he did not mean his comments as an insult"...
Uh, huh...so we should assume that you meant growing up "in a chicken shack on Duck Run" to be a compliment?
Can't wait for Civil War 2. The right-wingers need to be removed from society like the cancer that they are. Please fire the first shot you cowardly righties, the real American patriots of the country are waiting for you.
Why does this not surprise me? Only a complete moron would insult someone who was raised under hard circumstances: of course that has never stopped Kasich from opening his mouth or allowing someone to speak on his behalf.
Say hello to Governor Strickland.
Just like a repug! It figures that he would say that.
So Rob Nichols is dissing anyone that was poor? Lived on a farm?
That's any easy no vote for Nichols...oh and btw no backtracking on "no meaning the comments to be an insult." Anyone raised on a chicken farm knows manure when they smell it! It was an insult pure and simple!
Oh, now I understand some of the serious economical problems Ohio has been experiencing, of course, their Governor is not a city man and it shows in Ohio's economical, financial situation.
Unfortunately, history shows us that those humble upbringings usually do get in the way of cities prospering and people making a living.
Kasich is an idiot making personal remarks like that instead discussing issues.
Kasich is a former managing director for Lehman Brothers. He's always promoted failed Wall Street trickle-down policies that got us into the economic collapse. He voted to give China favored trade status and supported free trade agreements that cost thousands of Ohio jobs.
I'm in Cincinnati so I'm watching this guy.
No surprise. The GOP is the party of elitist corporate shills. They get nastier and nuttier every week.
Jealousy is the best form of flattery
I think the right wing grows these imbeciles on trees. He's right up there with the idiots Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman.
I will say it again, republicans are mentally incompetent and oblivious to anything good for this country...
Typical republican name-calling strategy.
next thing you know, they'll be saying the democrats wear small shoes and, so, are unfit to hold office.
if only they would use meaningful facts.