(CNN) – Ohio gubernatorial candidate John Kasich is going on the defensive in his first campaign ad, hitting back against Democratic efforts to portray him as a former Wall Street big wig.
"Ohio has lost 400,000 jobs under Ted Strickland. He can't campaign on his record, so he and his friends try to tear me down," says the Republican in the new spot released Saturday. "Here's the truth. I didn't run Lehman Brothers. I was one of 700 managing directors. I worked in a two-man office in Columbus. I have a record of balancing budgets, cutting taxes, and creating jobs."
Strickland, the incumbent Democratic governor, has repeatedly portrayed Kasich as a creature of Wall Street because of his ties to the now-defunct investment banking house. Kasich, a former U.S. congressman, worked for Lehman from 2001 until its collapse in 2008.
Responding to Kasich's ad, Strickland spokeswoman Lis Smith said the Ohio Republican is "implausibly trying to downplay his role as a managing director at failed Wall Street investment firm Lehman Brothers after years of bragging about his work on Wall Street."
While this is Kasich's first ad of the campaign, the Republican Governors Association has already been airing spots taking aim at Strickland's record on the economy.
A recent Quinnipiac University survey showed Strickland holds a 7-point lead but is unable to draw support from more than 50 percent of the electorate.
Kasich is a Wall Street stooge and Ohio doesn't want him.
When Lehman Brothers tanked (Kasich was a managing director) Ohio people lost $450 million in pension funds.
Kasich is still wealthy, however.
Mr. Kasich will NOT be getting my vote because of his extreme right-wing fiscal conservative Ideology. I do not like the idea of folks like him determining whats best for me. Additional he has appeared Hannity, O'Reilly, FoxNews and apparrently has their endorsement. Nope, my vote will be Anybody BUT Kasich. End of story.
Kasich, if you're a Republican, you're for Wall Street. Thanks to Joe Barton, your cover is blown. Imagine, apologizing to a large corporation for being made to fix their mess. Thanks again Joe!
If the dems of Ohio vote let the GOPers elect this rethugliCANT into office EVERYBODY in the state should be arrested for feloney stupidity.
Just remember Bukeyes, it's the rethugliCANTs who gave tax credits that enticed and rewarded industry in your state to move to Mexico, China and Tiawan...
I fail to see why working for wall street disqualifies him for govenor. Our current govenor has done a poor job and can't even say how he will balance our budget. So lets see we could either vote for
A. The incumbent who has overseen the continued loss of jobs in our state; failed to advance a solution to the $8B budget gap; covered up drug deals that are occuring at his residence; has no accomplishments what so ever during his first term in office; and has no record of accomplishment in private enterprise.
B. A man who served his constituents well in congress and provided the blueprint of balancing the budget during his time in washington, left office at the peak of his power to try his hand at private enterprise amd succeeded (much to the angst of the socialist on this board).
I think I know where my vote will go.
Mesa Mick – "If the dems of Ohio vote let the GOPers elect this rethugliCANT into office EVERYBODY in the state should be arrested for feloney stupidity.
Just remember Bukeyes, it's the rethugliCANTs who gave tax credits that enticed and rewarded industry in your state to move to Mexico, China and Tiawan"
Typical Democrat selective amnesia. It wasn't the GOP that lost over 400,000 jobs in Ohio, it was Strickland and Strickland alone. Our problems are the direct result of failed Democrat policies. You should really do your homework before you post idiotic drivel.
If Ohio re-elects Strickland we deserve all the crap that will result..
Tom-Vermillion, Ohio – "Mr. Kasich will NOT be getting my vote because of his extreme right-wing fiscal conservative Ideology. I do not like the idea of folks like him determining whats best for me. Additional he has appeared Hannity, O'Reilly, FoxNews and apparrently has their endorsement. Nope, my vote will be Anybody BUT Kasich. "
You need to get a clue. Anybody who votes for Strickland needs to never set foot in a polling place ever again. The man lost 400,000 jobs on his watch. Enough said.
I just love it when you get all of these Wall Street people with titles like "Managing Director", "Chief Executive Officer" "President" who play themselves huge salaries and bonuses for being SO VALUABLE, the minute the crap hits the fan and the company go south play MICKEY THE DUNCE and never had anything to do with nothing. If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. And I get to pay for it, HORRAY!!!
So let me get this straight. Kasich was a low level wall st stooge and that is a bad thing, but the Obama cabinet is chock full of Wall st bigwig stooges and that"s not a problem. Whatever.
Anyone in Ohio or anywhere who would cast a vote for anyone connected to Lehman Bros needs to have their head examined. The man worked for one of the main corporations who got us into the mess we are in today. The very idea of any Republican running on the theory of bad economy and blaming the Dems for it are just crazy. But that is exactly what all of them are going to do. They are going with their favorite phrase of "where are the jobs" in the hopes of convincing the people that all of it is the Dems fault. It isn't!! The GOP favored Wall Street over Main Street and it got us in the ditch. Why woud anyone even consider giving the power back to those dummies? So when you listen to all their lies during these next few months you ask yourself "do I want to go back to the way we were or keep moving forward with the Dems who are doing their best to fix what the GOP ruined"? I know you will make the right decision!!
Mr. Kasich will NOT get my vote!!! He and Boehner are so clueless
to the state of the average working class people, if they had two brain
cells between them, they'd want to cell one for $$$$$$$$$......
Strickland's right, Kasich and his Wall Street friends helped destroy Ohio's and the U.S. economy.
Larry wrote: "Kasich is a Wall Street stooge and Ohio doesn't want him.
When Lehman Brothers tanked (Kasich was a managing director) Ohio people lost $450 million in pension funds. Kasich is still wealthy, however."
Kasich should be sharing a cell with Bernie Madoff.
Quinnipiac poll only has Strickland up five. All published polls show Strickland in the low 40's even the (few) polls that have him ahead. Quinnipiac polled registered voters not likely voters. PPP a well regarded Democratic polling firm had Kasich up by two, even though he is largely unknown. If people actually thought Strickland was doing a good job he'd be up by double digits. But he's not. Wonder why? Must be George Bush's fault.....
If people in Ohio put Dems in office, they are ignorant. How many jobs have the Dems "saved or created"? Socialism does not work!
all conservatards under the bus........please start the engine.......nothing will be missed
If Lehman hadn't collapsed, the dude would be bragging about how he was integral in making it successful. Let it go down the drain, and he had absolutely nothing of substance to do with the company.
Same old same old. Try to give us chicken crap and call it chicken salad. Repubs dont love America, only money.
Republicans are wall street... Period!
Everybody has lost jobs you republican idiots due to the recession you caused and the obstruction you are still employing...
Cutting taxes for who? His wealthy corporate friends on wall street?
I've never met a republican that creates a job for average people - just big bonuses for their republican buddies
Another GOP with lying habits.