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. kstephe

    Kasich did not say that!!!!

    June 23, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Russell

    The GOP is the party of the elites. Always has been. Always amazes me that poor folks would vote for the GOP simply because of gay marriage and guns. The party is against REAL issues that affect your daily life.

    June 23, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. jtinfla

    That's a republican pukebag for you!!

    June 23, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. jboh

    The reason why Ohioans should never vote for an Ohio Republican ever again can be summed-up in two words. BOB TAFT.

    June 23, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Wisconsinite

    @Barack.Hussein.Obama-America's-Benevolent-DICTATOR June 23rd, 2010 12:20 pm ET

    Anything to deflect from the mess that Ohio is under Strickland...

    Soooooo I'm a little confused by your comment. Since it was Kasich's guy who made the insulting comment do you think it's Kasich who's trying to "deflect from the mess that Ohio is under Strickland"????? That would be kind of stupid, don't you think??? Do you KNOW what you mean or is this just another opportunity for you to slam Obama when the story has NOTHING TO DO WITH OBAMA??!!!! And another think, dim-wit . . . . . look up the word "dictator" in the dictionary and I'm sure, even someone as obviously dim-witted as you, will be able to see that our President is not anywhere REMOTELY CLOSE TO BEING A DICTATOR!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Mad as Hell

    Donkey Party June 23rd, 2010 12:34 pm ET

    Can't wait for Civil War 2. The right-wingers need to be removed from society like the cancer that they are. Please fire the first shot you cowardly righties, the real American patriots of the country are waiting for you.

    Donkey, it's people like you that are the cancer of this country with your hate filled jeslous heart. Think about what you just wrote, killing your American brothers and sisters.
    If this is what being a democrat is I dont want any part of it.

    June 23, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Frank

    Typical liberal hypocrites.

    Calling the Republican's names as a way to denounce what Kasich said.

    June 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Cheryl

    What a SCHMUCK. But then most Republicans are....

    June 23, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. albertcees

    LOL.. That is too funny!

    June 23, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. susanj

    Anybody who is a republican needs their head examined.

    June 23, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    The Orange Man is the one that really needs to go. He's a case of sociopathic behaviior if I've ever seen it. m me me me me me me me me me me

    June 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. susanj

    I'm with you Donkey Party!

    June 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    More hate filled comments from the far out right. So far this month they have appologized to BP and meant every word of it, called for the end of Social Security, the EPA and more, called for the Civil Rights Act to be repealed and no this. Whats next? These people have lost whatever remaining brain cells they had and it's only getting worse.

    June 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Diana

    While Nichols went too far with his chicken shack comment, the rest of his point is valid. Strickland hasn't done anything to help the bolster the economy, in the large cities or even in the small ones, like Wilmington where unemployment is at 15%. Even the casino sites were planned, not for the best economic impact, but to reward his cronies.

    I don't know about the rest of Kasich's policies but he should seriously consider putting a muzzle on Nichols until he has something constructive to say.

    June 23, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Dennis

    I guess have leaders who have grown up in mansions on Wall Street has served us very well? THIS MAN IS SOOOOOO OUT OF TOUCH with the mood of the American people.

    June 23, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Grog in Ohio

    Anyone else in Ohio see the irony in Kasich's recent ads that complain that Strickland's ads say nothing about about his own accomplishments but merely criticize his opponent, then Kasich's ads proceed to do the EXACT same thing?

    Theory... Republican's are missing a gene that allows detection of irony.

    June 23, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Steph

    Keep talking Republicans...keep talking all the way to November!

    June 23, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. AtlantaVoter


    As a bright blue spot in one of the "red kookoo states" I wish I could agree with you! But unfortunately, the support of this kind of republican nonsense is alive and well all over our fair country. As well, there are pockets of good sense in our red kookoo states - and we need to stick together. The religious right, the sellouts to big corporations and now the teabaggers - I'm sure when they figure out what they think it won't be pretty - exist in all our states. Don't be fooled by the color map!

    ps: I did chuckle when I read your comment - you should try living in one of these red kookoo states! :))

    June 23, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. sensible Cape Coral FL

    I am convinced that the only way Republicans can remain true to their
    ideals(?) is to deliberately keep themselves uninformed or worse, misinformed about any pertinent subject.

    June 23, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Bob

    Why can't the Republicans engage in adult politics? This constant name-calling and "No, no, no." makes them seem like petulant children. Maybe they are?

    June 23, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Freedom

    I am a Republican and I strongly disagree with Mr. Kasich. BUT...Do we want to have Gov. Strickland who has destroyed the liberties and safety of our country??? OR...Would we rather have a man who will make mistakes but will try his best to fight for our liberty? GO KASICH!!! May freedom rise and tyranny fall!

    June 23, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. mms55

    i thuoght this is the kind of pull yourself up by your boot straps story the republicans like lmao.the gop are so out of touch with the american people lol.

    June 23, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Portnoy

    The republicans are, and always have been, the party of arrogant elites. They finally got some power by cloaking their real goals (profit at all costs; zero service to their country/exploitation of their country) in a few hot-button social issues (abortion, immigration and gay marriage). Occasionally, as here, we get to see through to their real thinking. I have no doubt that many repricklican politicians actually believe that they are better than someone who grew up in a modest home.

    June 23, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Tom

    What a bumb thing to say. You'll find that most of Ohioan's came from humble beginnings. Therte are relativly few large cities in Ohio. In a list of cities in Ohio there are only 17 with populations above 50,000 and only 6 above 100,000. How many small cities and towns do you think there are, 80,000 or more? Statements like this will not get you elected.

    June 23, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Robert Warner

    It wasn't chickens that killed our economy- it was the weasels like Kasich.

    June 23, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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