(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.”
Oh, so if it's a republican coming from a poor background he's a 'hard worker, representing real America' but when it's a democrat with the same background he's an uneducated idiot? Nice double-standards!
Sometimes just for fun I like to imagine what it would be like if we had adults running for office. Kasich and company need to leave this type of childish rhetoric at the playground. How about focusing on what they would do differently, with specifics on how it will work.
Donkey party I'm right with you there will be a civil war 2 and we. Are well prepared for the loons on the right. They are hypocrites and plain fools. Not all of them are bad but the extremist must be dealt with. I have never seen so much disrespect toward a president in my life. Its sad that my father was not able to be in my life as much as we would have liked because he was fighting conflicts for these idiots and there rights. Just so theu can slap him in the face with there disrespect to his commander and chief.
I thought poor families and rural upbringing were the so-called real America and that democrats are all rich elitists...
Hmmm...let's see. Within the last 10 days or so. A republican politician apologized to BP, whose Board Members called the people in the Gulf coast "little people" after BP destroyed their homes and livelihoods, and now another republican is saying someone is lesser then him because they were born poor.
Hmmm...maybe we should ask the chickens.
I really cant believe how badly the Gop is performing with Congressional power at stake...They do great when they shut up and dont do a thing but everytime they speak or act they screw up badly..The President needs to rally, he needs to start emphazing the good of what hes done and assign the blame where it should be assigned to....Naturally the opposition should gain in the midterms but this year the Gop shouldve done exceptional except they have too many moronic things to say to succeed at the ballot.
Those silver spoon fed idiots cant relate to the real world by the way is Kasich related to pallin and joe the plummer.
hey Barack.Hussein.Obama- America's Dictator –
are you kidding me? i doubt you live in Ohio but to say Strickland has led Ohio to this mess....if you DO live in Ohio then YOU should know that the former 8 yr Republican Gov Taft pretty much imploded Ohio in jobs and everything and left that state a complete and utter mess!! So please check your facts before you start spewing your stupid republican agenda...
There is no limit to the GOP stupidity!
Disfusting comment Kasich..
To Donkey Party: While I don't necessarily condone violence, you may be on to something. We need to start taking America back from the Right Wing, Ultra Conservative, Ultra Religious Republicans. If we can't do that in the ballot box maybe we need to start looking at other solutions. Free speech is one thing; Impinging on other people's rights is another.
Leave it up to the money changers to denegrate a person who was born into poverty and then rises above it. That shows great character, but some make fun of those in poverty, and they should never hold a position of responsibility.
The Republicans continue to trash all those around them who are not THEM. They will NEVER learn. How's that anti Hispanic strategy working fellas? The Hispanics came out for you in November 2008 in droves. Not!!! Please, please send us more Palins, Bachmanns, and Kasichs. More votes for Democrats. Don't ya just love it?
Is America not a land where men are judged based on the content of their character? Why the slap at this man's upbringing? What's the point? Let us judge a person on his/her merits, regardless of a priviledged or unpriviledged background. With that being said, the demand for apologies and the posturing that inevitably follow a comment like this will just serve to detract from the issues facing Ohio and who the best candidate is for the job.
I live down South, I know the Republican constituency very well, and there's a reason Republican officials are so stupid: it's because Republican voters are absolute morons. They represent the base that votes for them: simpleminded, superstitious, naive, dimwitted fools.
That what makes America called the "working class". Those who got something that came from nothing knows the heart of the working class that worked themselves to their early grave to feed your family. It's those who got wealth, "stoled it" off the backs of the working poor.
Better a chicken shack than a house of lies....What a bunch of rude, mud-slinging losers.
I spent the first months of my life in a converted chicken coop. Guess I'm not good enough to consider running for public office. The GOP is sure scraping the bottom of the barrel in their quest to regain the power to trash our freedoms like they did with the creation of the Homeland Security department and the Patriot Act. Have always hated that word "homeland". Reminds me of the Nazi references to the "fatherland".
What is it with Republiscum and negative campaigning, anyone know??? Don't get me wrong, Dems have it to, but it seems to me that it's the Republiscum that take it to a whole new level and seem to rely on it as their first option, not their last.
In fact, it has gotten so bad, that here in California the Republiscum are now using negative campaigning against themselves without ever mentioning what it is that they will do or even believe in.
After months of listening to their advertisements you know absolutely nothing about them, but you sure know how bad the other guy is.
Your comments about this comment being stupid and Repubs need to throw out the elitist minded are correct. Kasich needs to remove Nichols immediately to keep from appearing to be too much like the elitists currently running our country. Your also right that the G.O.P. will be toast if they allow elistists and RINO's to remain in the party. Sorry to inform you though, that America as a whole has awakened to the reliability of the Constitution over the "Hope & Change" rhetoric they elected. Conservative values are once again being embraced in this country, much to the dismay of unprincipled Republicans and most of you commenting here.
Whatever major gains the GOP thinks they will have during the mid-terms they are slowly eroding away with the kind of asenine remarks and elitist positions they take publicly. They just don't know when to shut up and realize Americans may not like the current devils they deal with in politics right now, but they ain't going back to the devils they've dealt with for 8 years either.
Let me get this straight: It is a good thing to come from humble rural roots (which I agree with) if you are a Democrat (Strickland). But when a Republican is from humble rural roots (Palin) she is largely mocked?
Consistency – check into it, Mr. Kaine...
THe GO BP are at it again. The party of Big Oil and Wall Street looking down at the 'small people'
Well when your policies nearly destroy the country, apeaking about them is the last thing the GOP wants to do. So might a well sling mud (or muck ijhn this c ase) and hope they remember the mud and not where it c ame from. Swift boats come to mind, lies repeated often enough destroy elections. Ask John Kerry. .
Rob Nichols proud member of the Repugnant Republican party. I'm sure GPOers all over the U.S. are very proud of this guy.