(CNN) - When it rains it pours.
On the heels of news a Senate Republican ad hired Philadelphia-based actors to portray "hicky, blue collar" West Virginians, Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate John Kasich is facing increasing heat for a recent spot that uses a fake, disgruntled steelworker.
"Unfortunately, the ad misrepresents the views of steelworkers throughout Ohio, many of whom have lost their jobs due to the devastating trade deals that Kasich supported in Congress," said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. Considering that the ad features an actor who was paid to distort [Gov.Ted Strickland's] record and the views of Ohio's steelworkers, Congressman Kasich should immediately take it off the air."
The 30-second spot called "400,000" debuted last weekend and features what appears to be an Ohio steelworker who declares that Strickland, the incumbent Democratic governor, "destroyed Ohio jobs" and now "wants us to keep him in his job."
The only problem: the man in the commercial is no steelworker at all, but rather Chip Redden, an actor represent by Heyman Talent Agency in Cincinnati. Democrats have gleefully highlighted Redden's other acting gigs, which include independent films "Nobody Nothing Nobody" and "Roaming," commercials for SafeAuto and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, and as an extra on the ABC show "Lost."
On Wednesday, representatives from United Steelworkers (USW), which has endorsed Strickland, criticized the ad in an event organized by the state Democratic Party.
"When Congressman Kasich couldn't get a real steelworker to do his dirty work, he did what any Congressman from Wall Street would do – he paid someone," said John Saunders of USW Local 1238, said during the event
But Kasich, a former congressman and executive at Lehman Brothers, defended the ad in an interview with the Toledo Blade Wednesday:
"The message is we've lost nearly 400,000 jobs in the state. The message isn't who this guy is," Mr. Kasich said. "That's whining."
Recent polls show Strickland is trailing Kasich by single digits.