Portman challenges Fisher on jobs in new Ohio ad (updated)

Ohio Senate candidate Rob Portman (R) went up this week with his third TV ad of the campaign. The latest spot picks up on a theme that was developed during the contentious Democratic Senate primary.

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) spent months criticizing Lt Gov. Lee Fisher (D) for leaving his post as the Strickland administration’s jobs czar, and now Portman is doing the same.

“Fisher says hold him accountable for his job record,” the announcer says in the new 30-second ad.



A spokeswoman for Portman said it’s a “statewide buy.”

Stevens & Schriefer Group is doing Portman’s TV advertising this cycle.

Fisher’s campaign called the ad a “political smear.”

“Congressman Portman spent 20 years in Washington supporting tax breaks to companies that sent Ohio jobs overseas,” Lynne Bowman, Fisher’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “If Ohio voters want to see the jobs Congressman Portman created after decades in Washington, they will have to go to Mexico, India, and China.”


—Updated at 2:40 p.m.