October 7th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
11 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. geecee

    It's about the time the Dems are fighting back. For far too long we have allowed the Rethugs to say and do anything to win an election. They are full of hate and fear mongering and have always been since Nixon days. Go after them, Dems. Don't let them lie and steal any more elections!!

    October 7, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Eric - "Why can't you just run on your record?" You ask Democrats! Democrats DO, problem is people like YOU are not listening!

    A recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute out this week found that "55% of Independents & 79% of Democrats who are registered to vote, support candidates that supported the Healthcare Reform Bill" This is the bill that GOP-Teas call "Obamacare"! This poll bucks the general idea put forth by the GOP-Teas that "Americans are against Obamacare"! NOT TRUE.

    October 7, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. bill

    "The message is we've lost nearly 400,000 jobs in the state. The message isn't who this guy is"

    Exactly. And why did we lose these jobs. Its because the corporate board and wallstreet backers of comapnies decide they can make more money by firing people (and make the remaining do twice the work) and by shipping jos overseas. The ratio between CEO pay and worker pay in the U.S. is about 400 to 1. Thats similar to the corruption of the late Roman republic! Making something in China, shipping it across the biggest ocean in the world, putting it on a truck, and driving it to the Walmart in Ohio is cheaper than just putting the factory next to the Walmart. Getting ride of a union or reduced taxes is not going to bring back jobs, unless we agree to work for cents a day, 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, in very unsafe conditions. Why is no one addressing why companies are making record profits even though they are firing workers? This is what is happening now, you fire, outsource, or downsize the company so the very few get very rich. And wages stay low because of the unemployment. Address that, congress.

    October 7, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. stufthis

    Did you notice that the right wingnuts defense of the indefensible is "He started it!" instead of manning up, and admitting they are lying. When it comes to playground lying, republicans are the best, and they got millions in foreign money to keep it up.

    October 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Isn't Boner from Ohio....with his fake tan? Remember...the Republicans are a fake front for The Taliban...

    October 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    "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!! NOW THIS IS A COMMERCIAL/AD IN ITSELF – USE IT DEMOCRATS – GET 'REAL' PEOPLE FROM OHIO WHO ARE ‘FED UP’ WITH THE FAR-RIGHT FEAR-MONGERING TO “CRITICIZE” THIS AD - DO IT!!!

    Hmm, I wonder what the qualifications for this ad was--WHITE, bearded-looking steel worker wanted to portray themselves as a 'disgruntle' steel worker from Ohio and must hate President Obama and his agenda which has NOTHING to do with OHIO – Must look rugged and where a 'hard hat'!!

    "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."

    Actually, it's NOT WHINING – it's LYING!! If that many jobs were LOST and it's Strickland's fault – then you should have been able to FIND 1 person out of that 400,000 to do your commercial/ad!!! Now who's WHINNING????

    OHIO – Please get it together and get behind Strickland – he will be better for the state and keep the candidates OUT who are supported by the far-right EXTREMIST and corrupted Corporations feeding FUND$ to them!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Marcus

    Here's a question: The numbers don't lie (400.000 job lost in that state), then why did they have to? Couldn't they find a REAL steelworker to run the ad?

    October 7, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. FactCheck

    For all of the talk of "outrage of the common people" that the Teapublicans like to scream about, it's quite telling that they couldn't find a single actual steel worker for their ads.

    October 7, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    They did in 2000, 2002 and 2004 it was successes now again they are trying

    Wake up say no to party of no

    October 7, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    If the Republicans wanted to find an actual steel worker for their ad, they should have gone to China. That's pretty fair considering that they were directly responsible for outsourcing jobs like this overseas.

    October 7, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. 26 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    More pathetic whining by losing DemocRATS that are upset about all the jobs they have lost and will continue to lose because of their anti-business policies. Instead of pulling it, he should DOUBLE the air time and HAMMER the DemocRATS on their failed policies. GO JOHN!!!

    October 7, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Anothermuse

    A paid actor in a political ad, why that destroys the integrity of the process. Oh wait, not it doesn't that is done by parties and candidates who have failed miserably at representing the people. So the dems don't like the message, so in truest form, attack the messenger. And really, is there anyone left who believe that these ads resemble the truth in any way?

    October 7, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. jenn, philadelphia

    And I'm sure the Democrats have used only real people in all of their adds. Please, this is ridiculous. Democrats are running ads without saying which party they belong to their so desperate.

    October 7, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Reminds me of a certain fake plumber....

    October 7, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. stufthis

    The dems do have a record of accomplishment to run on, and the scum sucking GOP has nothing but lies, shipping jobs overseas, protecting Wall Street, Big Business, big oil, big insurance, destroying the middle class, and supporting foreign interests. Of course when you get fed lies from Fox GOP, you even think that Los Angeles spent $1 billion for jet packs.

    October 7, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |

    What's the big deal here? Dems have used actors in its phony commericals for years. Remember that hokey couple sitting around the breakfast table talking about how bad things were because of Bush and that what we all needed was the wonderful Obamacare?

    What"s the difference? Please explain!

    October 7, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. stufthis

    And the right wingnuts say, "Please don't blame Bush for the 8 million jobs lost in his last year of being president, and don't blame Bush for doubling the national debt. Please don't blame Bush for deregulation of Wall Street and big business, and don't blame Bush for selling a $1 trillion unfunded war in Iraq." In truth, I believe the republicans refused to allow job creation bills to be debated in the senate, and refused to vote for any help for middle America in the Bush/republican near depression.

    October 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  18. rude

    A fake must be used because a fake claim is being told.
    Makes sense to me.

    October 7, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Jack

    Disgraceful and you wonder why is Independent conservative will not vote Republican?

    October 7, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. stealthytrooper

    People tend to forget that this is the information age and fail to understand that you need to be careful with the way you act, what you say or do. HEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! You will be exposed!!!! Whether its today tomorrow or afew years from now there are people who will find out.

    October 7, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(real one)

    To Mr. "26 days......." You have NO idea what socialism is! Just because the Democrats got Healthcare Reform passed and NOW millions of Americans, including YOU....... wont ever have to worry about being denied coverage because you are sick! YOU wont ever have to fill for bankruptcy because you can't pay your medical bills! We live in a FREE, Capitalistic, DEMOCRACY...... WHICH IS UNDER ASSAULT FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOREIGN MONEY THAT IS BEING USED TO HELP THE GOP-KOCHTEAPARTY CANDIDATES! THAT'S REALLY SCARY!

    October 7, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Dems stoop to the same things. Get real and get a life.

    October 7, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
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