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The advertising firm that created Mike DeWine’s commercial with the doctored 9/11 footage is the same firm responsible for the Swift Boat Veterans ads slamming John Kerry in 2004. The firm, Stevens, Reed, Curcio, & Potholm, also doctored images in a 1996 campaign for U.S. Sen. John Warner of Virginia — and got fired by Warner for doing so, notes Sherrod Brown, the target of the firm’s latest controversial commercial.

Brown responds and makes a direct hit:

“Mike DeWine has a history of not telling the truth, so it’s no great surprise he hired a firm with a similar track record,” Brown said. “Ohio families deserve better from their Senator. It is time for change.”

Full Brown release after the break…

DeWine Hides Truth from Ohio Voters

Continuing a long history of distorting the facts, Ohio Republican Senator Mike DeWine was caught this week having doctored 9/11 images of the burning Twin Towers in an attack ad against Congressman Sherrod Brown.

It was not the first time DeWine mislead Ohioans.

In 1977, DeWine was found guilty by the Ohio Election Commission for making false statements regarding conviction rates of his opponent during his campaign for Greene County Prosecutor. Even after the event, he felt he’d done nothing wrong, made public statements reiterating his innocence and appealed the decision. His repeal was rejected.

During his failed bid against American hero and astronaut Senator John Glenn an Ohio newspaper reported the DeWine campaign claiming, “?if Glenn had his way the Berlin Wall still would be standing and former Soviet republics still would be enslaved.” [Columbus Dispatch, 10/27/92]

“It’s disappointing that Mike DeWine already is engaging in gutter-style politics. To distort images sacred to so many Americans is just shameful.” Brown said. “He’s resorting to using gimmicks to hide his record of supporting policies that hurt Ohio families.”

Mike DeWine helped force through Congress the president’s Medicare Part D bill, the energy bill, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, voted for the war in Iraq, and this week voted with the president in opposing stem cell research.

“Senator DeWine is out of the mainstream with Ohio voters,” Brown said. “But instead of telling the truth, and standing by his record, he is misleading Ohio families.”

The ad firm hired by DeWine, Stevens, Reed, Curcio, & Co is same firm that created the now infamous “Swift Boat” attack ads, and was fired by Republican Virginia Senator John Warner for doctoring images during his 1996 re-election campaign.

“Mike DeWine has a history of not telling the truth, so it’s no great surprise he hired a firm with a similar track record,” Brown said. “Ohio families deserve better from their Senator. It is time for change.”

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