AFL-CIO casts Ohio Republicans as 'Wall Street' characters

The AFL-CIO went on the offensive against the Ohio Republican candidates for governor and Senate, portraying them as characters from the movie "Wall Street."

The labor group is circulating leaflets and e-mails this weekend that portray former Rep. John Kasich, the GOP candidate for governor, and former U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, the GOP Senate candidate, as villains from the movie "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

The movie, which opens for nationwide release on Friday, features the actor Michael Douglas reprising his role as Gordon Gekko, the Wall Street tycoon whose antics in the first movie landed him in prison for securities fraud and other white-collar crimes.

Gekko's character in the 1987 film was famous for a monologue in which he praised greed. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good," the character says. "Greed is right; greed works."

Ohio AFL-CIO canvassers will use a copy of the flier below in their work over the weekend on behalf of Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, an incumbent, and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D), who's running for Senate.

Both of those candidates are lagging in their reelection battles against the Republican opponents, and everyone from labor groups like the AFL-CIO to President Obama and Vice President Biden have barnstormed Ohio to reelect the Democrats in the key battleground state.

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