If you watch WeAreOhio‘s ads or check out their YouTube channel or talk to any of their supporters you’ll see real fire fighters and real police officers and real teachers talking about the negative impacts of SB5/Issue 2.

Better Ohio? Not so much.

Instead, they’ve had to resort to the use of stock photo pictures of actors dressed up like police officers for their ads.

This is from their latest mailer:

There are a few major things wrong with this ad.

First, the use of a police officer image is deceptive. Local, state and national police organizations and their members are united in their universal rejection of Senate Bill 5 and in their support of a NO vote on Issue 2.

Second, the use of the police officer image makes no sense with the associated text. And it’s actually kind of offensive. The text implies “union bosses” are lying about what’s in SB5, public employees are getting a free ride on their health care costs and low quality employees are getting pay raises because of senority. Is this what Better Ohio thinks of police officers?

Three, it’s a stock photo of an actor, not a real police officer! And not an amazingly original or creative one either. Don’t get me wrong, the actor is good and he fits the role of a ‘handsome, mature policeman in uniform’ which, by the way, is the exact description of the istock photo they used for the ad. But is this the best match they could find?

Hell, if they wanted to talk about angry union bosses protecting lazy union workers who abuse their health care benefits, istock has so many other photos of the same actor that would have fit their message better.

Like this one showing the same actor as a doctor, along with a mooching union member abusing his Cadillac health care plan for unnecessary tests.

Or this one depicting lazy union members wasting taxpayer money with their union-negotiated breaks.


Or maybe this image with a warning that failing to pass Issue 2 will lead to emboldened unions: “people who get emboldened, they do more aggressive things”

Oh why, oh why can’t we bring union medical benefits in line with private sector benefits?

To be clear: I like istock. I’m a member myself and I (legally) downloaded the above pictures from their extensive collection. But there’s a time and place for models and actors. And this isn’t it.

Humor aside, Senate Bill 5 strips tens of thousands of hard working Ohioans of their collective bargaining rights and it threatens the safety of our police officers and fire fighters. And to imply – even through obvious stock photo images – that public safety workers support this legislation is at best deceptive and, at worst, an outright lie.

  • Anonymous

    The reference to  unnamed and obviously nefarious “union bosses” ignores the irony  that is  the anonymity of the WeAreOhio super pac contributors.

  • R’s lie and mislead. Dog bites man. NOthing to see here; move along.

    Vote no on Issue 2.

  • K-Suck is an idiot. He’s not a real governor, but plays one on a bad sitcom called Ohio Government.

  • Thanks Joseph.

  • Anonymous

    I get more of a negative image from the picture they used, bad body language (arms crossed) , a tad unfit, V neck shirt (missing chest hair/gold chains)… I almost think they are trying to show a “greedy union thug” more than the friendly beat cop.

    Hell what do they know, most of them (R’s) think of cops as more of an annoyance than anything else, an uneducated blue collar buffoon who has the audacity to tell them what they can and can’t do.

  • I notice the ad didn’t say the bill gives 30% raises to public employees so they can make the same as employees in the private sector. 

  • Random Thoughts

    I agree… the picture kind of gives me the willies. He looks like a geriatric member of the Village People. 

  • LOL.  Well done!

  • Did you mean Better Ohio contributors? 

  • This guy is clearly not all these people..shame on them…clearly..looks more like corps thugs…the public will see right thru this…woulda been a better ad with the middle class bendn over to the tyrant with the rubber gloves, ..its almost kinda like they want the public to think middle class workers..r the villian..however..in a moment..1 can see they are..n almost braggn bought it…shame on them

  • Wheres the facts on ksick n crews medical, pensions, the 40percent raises..n why are we not showing n bustn them out..showing the real picture..compare there salaries etc to the private sector…with ours..sometimes people need to see the truth…post their taxes, income, bonuses, costs of kasicks bonuses, payoffs..show the public the millions hes paid his buddies..compared to we the civil workers…that outta b a nice chart…

  • Anonymous

    OH WOW….talk about dicing a pro-SB5, and displaying the results.

    Thanks PB

  • Anonymous


  • TALK ABOUT LOW BUDGET…same untrained actor playing all 4 parts…lol

  • Anonymous

    The photo of the guy getting his bung exam and the glee on the face of the “actor” doctor is priceless.

    Thanks for the chuckle.

  • Anonymous

    The photo of the guy getting his bung exam and the glee on the face of the “actor” doctor is priceless.

    Thanks for the chuckle.

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