(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.”
Quick, someone call South Carolina and let them know that Kasich and Nichols have escaped!
So the party that tries to play to the rural areas is now disparaging folks who grew up in those areas, too! Guess that means they will have to subsist on votes from wealthy suburbs as they have already dissed the Urban areas!
I think the best campaign any Democrat can wage these days is to broadcast every negative thing said about them by any Republican candidate. Let the party of NO try to explain themselves then!
I wonder. If he did not mean the comment as an insult, then what the hell did he mean it as?
More and more politicians remind me of my fifth grade students.
How disgraceful! Saying that Gov. Ted Strickland was raised in a 'chicken shack' is an insult to chicken shacks across the country.
Even if Strickland had been raised in a "chicken shack on Duck Run," what does it matter?
If anything, it proves the man has accomplished a lot in his life through hard work and dedication.
I thought the whole "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" thing was something Republicans liked?
Remember where Kasich comes from–Lehman Bros. They are were taking our money during the 90's and giving us nothing in return but bail-outs!!!!!!
Republicans can't help but continually expose their emptiness with their over the top vacuous criticisms.
It is not healthy for America not to have an intelligent thoughtful opposing party who cares about America as opposed to their need to be in power at any cost. The Bush Cheney era and all those who have followed e.g. Palin etc ironically have and are fundamentally harming America.
When Palin can go about shouting she believes in "the right to life" and at the same time saying "We love our Guns" we have the perfect example of opportunistic vacuous thinking.
the republican leadership are snobs and money grubbers, they're followers are deluded selfish bigots, I know it's a generalization but it's generally true, this kind of talk is no surprise and he most certainly did mean it as an insult and like most repugnicans he has no respect for common people or common decemcy
It's really funny how out of touch you liberals are. You actually think you're the mainstream even though polls have consistently shown we are a right of center country.
Prepare for November. Your clocks will be cleaned.
While I'm not fan of hers, after all the vile and disgusting things said about Palin and her children, I find it really pitiful that Democracts are going to whine and cry about this. In my experience Dems love to dish it out but are the first to cry foul when it comes back around. Sites like CNN only make it worse. Whether we're talking F-bombs, racially insensitve remarks, or personal attacks, always seems to be two different standards applied.
Last time i looked the unemployment rate is nothing to brag about !!
Thanks again Republicants. Between the GOP's comments and attitudes towards Middle America, you're surely going to loose in the next election cycle.
First we have the "little people" from the traditionally red Gulf States who just heard TX GOP congressman apologizing to BP for fouling up our country. Then we have Tea Party spokesman making fun of illterates, GOP presentations leaked showing them making fun of their own doners and voters.
Going off the rails on your crazy train!
seriously? how old are the GOP? there is a slight irony in the name being that they act and sound like a bunch of middles school children on the playground. palin being the most infantile.
Actually, the upper crust is just a bunch of crumbs, so Kasich's remarks are nothing extraordinary.
If you liked the economy of the 2000s, you'll love the Republican Party. The rich got richer, and the rest of us got the dirty end of the stick. You know, they say the rich get rich and the poor get children, so now I understand the GO(B)P's stand on abortion and birth control.
Keep it classy, Rethugs! Keep it classy!
Uhhhh.....let's see now......when Dems made snide and stupid remarks about President Bush, that was all ok.....but when some Republican makes a jab at some little known Dem.....it's a mortal sin!????? Of course as we all know, there is one set of rules for the Liberal Dems and another for Conservative Republicans.
Vote The Bums Out!
My father always said "if you cant say anything nice about someone, keep your mouth shut." I guess RepubliKlans never had a father like I did.
No wonder so few Americans identify themselves as Republicans, and so few Republicans identify themselves as Americans.
And the great Abraham Lincoln grew up in a tiny log cabin...
Stickland is bad for Ohio. Chicken shack or not. He needs to go!
well if the exception of Augsbee, who I think must work for Kasich, I have never seen so clear a group of postings that get just how bad the GOPers are for America
As someone born and raised in SE Ohio, this is highly offensive. Do you know what it takes from your family and community to rise up out of what are the poorest counties in the state and try to compete with the high school students in big cities for college admission? Apparently you don't.
I don't think Ohioans will have a hard choice come November- thanks for staying classy Ted :)
Stupid comment, but stupid readers could not even understand who said it. Is that why they always vote Democrat and join unions, because they are not smart enough to read and form their own opinions?
Steel workers are honest and hard working people who raise their children with moral values, I know because I too am a child of one and a native Ohio. Steel workers kept the economy going in Ohio and for someone to disrespect them is because they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth without knowing anything about a day of hard labor. Bush didn't, and put the great people of Ohio in the soup lines, I cried.
Just browsing through the comments here I am still saddened by the absolute hatred on the left. TRUE, this a poor and needless comment that warrants an apology. TRUE also is the hippocracy of the left where so many are worked into a rage over this type comment but not when made by their own. All you have to do is listen to Joe Biden if you want a stream of poor and stupid comments.
This was not Kasich himself that said this but it should be Kasich who asks his spokesman to apologize for making it. All this sort of thing does is distract from the real issue facing Americans and Ohioans. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Manufacturing jobs went to China and continue to move to China due to costs. The cost of union wages, the cost of government red tape, the cost of environmental regs and many others. Weather we like it or not the jobs will not return until there is parity in these areas. I'm not saying its anything I like I'm says that's whats real.
And in the mean time all we and all our politicians here do is beat each other about the head with nasty comments as the American dream continues to crumble.
Why does this surprise anyone? This is the republican message. They HATE people that aren't rich. If you weren't born with a silver spoon in your mouth, they have no use for you. Period.