October 7th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
8 years ago

Dems want Ohio ad pulled featuring fake steelworker

(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.

Filed under: 2010 • John Kasich • Ohio • Ted Strickland
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Good job OH Dem's. Call the GOP out when they LIE and use FAKE workers to spread their propaganda. Both parties have sold-out the American worker in the name of "Free Trade" from the Clinton Dem's to virtually all Republicans. However the Dem's have been more consistent in trying to at least stand-up for the workers whereas the GOP could care less.

    October 7, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Mona

    How sloppy and typical of a Republican who doesn't really care about the people he wants to represent. My husband is a special forces vet from Ohio. He voted Republican all his life but not last time. He voted for Obama and will be voting Democrat again this time and next time. I hope the people of Ohio take a good clear look at what the Republicans left Obama with not even two years ago. It takes time to fix problems of such magnitude and he deserves the time because it can't be done without enough Democrats in Congress. The Republicans have proven themselves to be uninterested in jobs for the people since they either filibustered every bill that came to the Senate or if it even went for debate and a voted they voted no. Things would probably be better by this point if they had not been so successful in using legislative tactics as they have never been used before in order to stall or stop good and necessary legislation. Wake up Ohio. Wake up voters across the country. A vote for the Republican teabags is a vote against your self interest.

    October 7, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Setting aside the ethical issues and questions raised by any candidate hiring an actor to portray a politically-charged position on policy issues as though it is representative of an entire class of people, WE SHOULD ASK THE PRACTICAL QUESTION FIRST:



    October 7, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. kyle from ohio

    which proves the point that Billionaire's and foreign govt's think our vote is for sell. Who cares if the real people with real interest in the election have an opinion; you see a billionaire and a unemployed steel worker are equal in our country, thanks to our fore father: One man One Vote. unless someone is paid or persuaded to vote against their own interest. God bless American and everyone in it.

    October 7, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Snow

    If they pull the ad which would be stupid to do so, can we pull the demorats and obama out of office? YES WE CAN. Come on mid terms and NOV 2012.

    October 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. betterdays

    Obviously an actor. I've seen this commercial dozens of times already. Not that the character never claims to be a steelworker. Note the absence of steel rolls, beams, plates, or a foundry in the background. Character refers to "us" once or twice; in context this appears to refer to unemployed Ohioans in general.

    Irony: The way things have been going, you probably stand a better chance of getting an acting job in Ohio (like this guy) than a factory job. Let's retrain all the steelworkers as actors... and then have them run for office.

    October 7, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. MAhole

    More of the same from the party that hasn't got a freakin' clue what it's like to be middle-class in America thanks to what they did for the last 8 years........ And they expect us to just go ahead and believe that they will do something different if we allow them to get back in power??? Sorry........... It will only be more of the same. I get down on my knees every night and thank God that McLame and Saracuda lost in '08 – imagine where we would be right now if they hadn't....... What a SCARY thought...........

    October 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Charles W. Skinner

    Like the DNCC doesn't hire "poor, disgruntled mom & pop" actors to portray people sitting around their kitchen tables decrying what the "Bush"presidency did, or actors claiming how they are inspired by Obama's "Hope & Change" shtick. Please. This is the most transparent hypocrisy possible from the DNCC.

    When the Democrat party has nothing to talk about, they try to obfuscate, attack and change the subject from their DISMAL performance in the last two years. The American people handed them the keys to the kingdom. What did we get for it? A 9.6% unemployment rate, socalism, higher taxes, unconstitutional personal mandates to purchase a service, more job-killing regulation and less freedom.

    Here's a new motto for you, America. CHANGE IT BACK!!!!!!

    October 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Paul from Phoenix

    Really? Democrats and Republicans often use actor portrayals in ads. This is not a story.

    October 7, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. XWngLady

    "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."

    No Mr. Kasich, its not whining. The point is, of the many people that you claim have lost their job, you couldn't find one real steelworker to make an ad for you? The actor speaks to the authenticity of your claim, which is that its the Democrats' policies that have led to the recession and job losses and not the Republicans. It seems to me that middle/working class workers know better.

    Filed under: 2010 • John Kasich • Ohio • Ted Strickland

    October 7, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Never before has my household vote straight Dem or Repub. Usually voted approxiamately 50-50. Now, for the first time WE are voting DEMOCRAT. Most of my neighbors are doing the same. Mr. Kasich's previous occupation is just one of many reasons why.

    October 7, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Darth Vadik, CA


    That is a key word for Republicans, remember the planted journalists in the white house, remember Bush rolling his sleeves up as though he was going to do some "hard work" after Katrina, remember all the photo-ops with soldiers, ..HAD HOW ABOUT THE RANCH THAT HE BOUGHT IN TEXAS FO RTHE ELECTION (ala Reagan) ONLY TO SELL IT AFTER HIS 2 TERMS WERE UP.

    FAKE MORALS, FAKE WIVES FAKE LIVES (airport bathrooms and crystal meth male hookers)


    the Republican Party....THE PARTY OF EVERYTHING FAKE.

    October 7, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Tom Mathers

    They've got no record to run on, so the Dems invent "scandalous" new problems with the hope being their dim-witted inferiors (the voters) fall for it. Don't know what's more cynical, that they thing it will work as a strategy, or their thinking that a campaign ad using an actor is the WORST. LIE. OF. ALL. TIME.

    Also, kudos to CNN for shining the light on this really, really, really, important scandal. Clowns.

    October 7, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. jillib

    Just another republican boondoggle, it works on the rubes I guess.

    October 7, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. #Omegaraiel

    The USWs support strickland and kasich is lying that they don't.

    October 7, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Tom

    Classic example of how money can sway voters; especially vulnerable or ignorant viewers. They suck up this phoney crap. Sadly, we have many of them voting this year. I guess we can thank our Supreme Court for allowing endless corporate funding with no requirement to reveal who contributes. Sad, but at least folks seem to be catching on to the GOP tactics.

    October 7, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    continued from above....

    FAKE OUTRAGE (O'Reilly), FAKE CRYING (Beck), FAKE BRAIN (Hanity), FAKE SMILE (Palin), FAKE PATRIOT (Rush LIMBAUGH)... the party of everything FAKE. Smoke and mirrors....

    ...and when a few of them wake out of that stupor brought upon them by being fake so many years, they either show their true colors by writing about "dark skinned" people (OH YES THE MOUTH SPEAKS WHAT THE HEART WANTS, no matter how much you try to cover up your stripes you snakes), or they become Independents or Democrats.

    October 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. woody

    Don' trust John kasich, He' probably already planing to send your jobs to china as he did with Invacare.

    October 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Limbaugh is a liberal

    There are so many disgrunteled workers out there... And yet NONE of them would support a republican. Geez, I wonder why. Is it perhaps because these workers aren't stupid, and still remember who really caused the economic collapse?

    October 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. carlos

    the freaking wall streeter kasich is not for the working class, the middle class......only for the rich guys in wall street.............vote democrat....it is the only sensible way!!!! Thank you and enjoy your day because if you vote for any talipublican PRAY because your tomorrow is not guaranteed

    October 7, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. carlos

    and the talipublicans doing the same thing in West Virginia,they are scum.

    October 7, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Clwyd

    The whole of the repulsive republican party is fake. Look at the crazies they are running for office! That or the fake wrestling mom!

    October 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Chuck Anaheim, Ca.

    Everything every republicant tea party member since Bob Dole has done has been a lie and fraud! why should we be suprised by this?

    October 7, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. Steve

    Well, I guess if you cant get the real thing to fake the facts for you just hire someone...man, our country is such a disappointment anymore. Politicians seek office simply because it allows them access to the lobbyists that will line their pockets.

    October 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. larry

    Kasich is running his campaign like a lyiing sack of dreck. What a surprise that a former wall street exec whose company lost milloins of jobs would stoop to utter BS to pull the wool over voters eyes just like he did to investors.

    October 7, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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