June 23rd, 2010
01:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Democrat raised 'in a chicken shack'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/11/art.strickland.gi.jpg caption ="The camp of Strickland's opponent took aim at the Democrat's humble upbringing."](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.”

Filed under: 2010 • John Kasich • Ohio • Popular Posts • Ted Strickland
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Marilyn G

    This is the way Republicans feel and think about us "little people." They think they are the chosen ones. Kasich owes Governor Strickland an apology.

    June 23, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. loretta

    Does anyone really care about what the republicans think???
    as well as the idiot Palin, worse idiot Lumbaugh and woser Bachman

    June 23, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. JohninTampa

    I left there many years ago, but I grew up in a one-horse town just south of Youngstown, Ohio. It still had a stage coach stop someone turned into the barbershop I went to for my first real haircuts. Decent people come from such places, and I don't just mean me. It is too bad anyone would still think that where one's roots are is any indicator of their abilities, or that it necessarily narrows their vision.

    June 23, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. S Callahan

    Kasich has it all wrong......his opponent has the advantage...he KNOWS what it takes to make it with a little, and nothing handed on a platter. That shows character......most Ohioan's have scraped, and worked , their tales off for what they have and in the last few years have watched an invisible hand remove it all in the name of Big Govt.
    Words are powerful...Kasich was not wise on this one.

    June 23, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. The reality is...

    I can't comment; I'm still in shock about the previous article about CNN saying Spitzer is respectable!!!!!!!!!????? This blunder is going to lower any chances CNN has in pulling their ratings up. How much did he pay you guys?

    June 23, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. YY

    I know you are but what am I?

    June 23, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Oregon Calling

    So I am to take it that being raised poor is an automatic disqualification to hold PUBLIC Office? Oh yeah, that's right, now the corporations can BUY any office they want, we have the Supreme Court to thanks for that.

    Peace 🙂

    June 23, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Augsbee

    Donkey Party, are you seriously talking about shooting people??? I didn't think we were violent, criminal people.

    June 23, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. debbie

    After several failed attempts to express my disgust with the way Republicans play on people's fears, jealousies and ignorance, all I can say is: "Republicans suck". I will never vote for another one as long as I live.

    June 23, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    I guess you have to be rich or super rich to garner any praise from the GOBP.

    We all know whose side they are on, don't we?

    June 23, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. NickyCee

    Hey Kimberly,

    You said: "does anyone care about republicans any more? really? i mean, come on, the ONLY place they are strong are in ruby red kookoo states, and not in main stream. they know it and are flinging mud! they are even doing this against their own. they are done and cant accept that fact."

    So many people care about Republicans that you will get the shock of your life come November. I'm from Alexandria VA and we just had a big in Pat Murray. Jim Moran should be gone in November.

    Reading your truly ridiculous question says to me that you were most likely raised "in a chicken shack on Duck Run with your head firmly planted in the sand."

    June 23, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Beka

    Wow....Kasich wasnt raised like a true Ohioan. We are down to earth and have class....

    June 23, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Scott

    The Republicans have made it their mantra to attack elitists. Now they are attacking people who grew up poor and pulled themselves up with their own bootstraps.

    They hate gay people and Hispanics and Blacks.

    Who exactly is left to vote for them?

    June 23, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. El Gordo

    Conservatism is class warfare. To Conservatives there are two social classes.

    1. Winners: the very small wealthy class. To Conservatives, the wealthy ARE America.

    2. Losers: the middle class. To Conservatives, middle class individuals are not significant except as obedient, poorly paid employees or as overspending consumers.

    The poor simply do not exist to Conservatives. They are just loafers.

    June 23, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Appalled!

    Kasich's comments about Strickland's upbringing speaks volumes about his own.

    Either John's mother and father were very poor parents and had no family values, or he did not listen to their teachings.

    June 23, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Larry

    @ Augsbee

    Your comment is juvenile. When in history has that been shown?

    June 23, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Slick William

    Sniffit June 23rd, 2010 12:05 pm ET

    Do you know how much more optimism there wouldbe if the GOP weren't bad mouthing the economy with every breath they take?
    Obviously you and your ilk are employed by some government service or agency, otherwise you would see the positive optimisim that is transpiring in the economy, and that would be ZERO.
    Did you happen to look at home sales, or maybe what the debt is surrounding Fannie and Freddie lately? Everyday another small business goes under, everyday we see and read how the Unions, State and Federal pension plans are non-sustainable and how our current Administration continues to play politics while Rome is burning to the ground. No one has any confidence that this Whitehouse and Congress have any chance to turn anything around, let alone LEAD. I watch and read as much as possible to glean what little bit of truth there is reported but I must say what I see happening is a revolution of the 60's fanatics going on without ever firing a shot. Problem is, the revolutionaries do not have a clue....2010 will be the wake up call and 2012 will be the beginning of a long series of treason hearings!

    June 23, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. lolo

    Please people see that the republicans do not care about the people of America. They think that they can say anything and get aay with it. Ohio please vote this disrespectful man out.

    June 23, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Bubba

    Yeah, it's better to be a rich elitist, ain't it?

    June 23, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. G in Georgia

    Keep it coming, Repubs!

    June 23, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Larry

    It's just peachy for Dems to say these sort of things – look at the character assassination they did to Sarah Palin and her DAUGHTER, for cryin' out loud. But if a Republican dares to make a statement like that, it's a cause for immediate wailing and gnashing of teeth at those bad ol' GOP folks.

    June 23, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Donnatella

    No to all republicans come November they are beginning to show their true colors. All they care about is big business and rich people.

    June 23, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. U.S. Common Sense

    Dave said:

    "Kasich is just a typical Republican – he has no class, no solutions, no shame, and no brains. It's so much easier for these dolts to resort to gutter-level attacks than to intelligently discuss issues that really matter..."

    If you read the article, you would have known it wasn't Kasich that said it. So does this make you as guilty as Rob Nichols? After all, "it's so much easier for [you] to resort to gutter-level attacks than to intelligently discuss" the article.

    June 23, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. LovesIrony

    It wasn't meant as an insult? in a chicken shack on Duck Run." yeah I believe you. Well I believe you are an idiot to think it was not meant as an insult. Oh, by the way you will lose in November.

    June 23, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Wisconsinite

    Same nastiness we've come to expect from the GObP . . . nothing new.

    June 23, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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