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Americans For Prosperity Buys Ads Against Strickland

Former Ohio Governor, Ted Strickland
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The conservative policy group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) will hold its annual summit in Columbus this weekend, and it’s getting a jump on the fall 2016 US Senate race with a big TV ad buy.

AFP, backed by the conservative Koch brothers, is spending more than a million dollars on TV ads targeting the Democrat who’s leading in the polls, former Gov. Ted Strickland.

“We want Ohioans to remember that it was Ted Strickland’s failed leadership that really resulted in so much of what we saw during the recession,” said Baylor Miles, Deputy Director for AFP Ohio.

But Strickland says the ad just covers up the special interest-favoring record of Republican US Sen. Rob Portman.  “I sort of take it as a compliment that I am running as strong as I am against an incumbent Senator,” said Strickland.

Strickland is way behind Portman in fundraising, and he also has a primary matchup against Cincinnati City Councilman PG Sittenfeld.