Building a Better Ohio spokesman Jason Mauk finally issued a response on behalf of the campaign on their misappropriation of Cincinnati great-grandmother Marelene Quinn, who has politely asked the campaign to cease and desist their use of her in their ad since it creates the impression that she supports Issue 2, when the footage was taken from a We Are Ohio ad where she supports defeat of Issue 2.

In short, Mauk told the great-grandmother from Cincinnati to go jump in the Ohio River:

"We’re certainly not taking the ad down," Mauk said. "We absolutely stand by it and our right to air those arguments. Opponents of Issue 2 used a personal story to make a political argument, and we believe we’re entirely justified in using that same story to advocate for the reforms of Issue 2." [Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer]

The PD also reports that Mauk claims that at least some of the eight reported stations who have indicated that they will stop airing the misleading ad have reversed course after being contacted by the Building a Better Ohio campaign.  However a source close to the We Are Ohio campaign denies that any station has reversed course.

Look, it’s one thing for Building a Better Ohio to say, we disagree with Grandma Quinn that Issue 2 hurts the ability of firefighters to do what they did to save her relatives lives, and we instead think NOT supporting Issue 2 does that.  But that’s not what this ad conveys.  It suggests that Quinn herself believes that passage of Issue 2 is necessary to continue the ability of fire departments to save people in the future. 

Mauk should have said we disagree with her, but we’ll honor her request.  That would have been the gentlemanly to do.  Instead, he’s essentially called her misguided and suggests the corporate interests backing Issue 2 know better than her and the firefighters who saved her relatives lives what policies will keep people save.

What could have been just an one-day negative news cycle gets more shelf life.  I cannot believe Building a Better Ohio is this politically tone deaf and stupid while early voting by seniors and others  are already underway and the election is four weeks to tonight.

This is just dumb.  Now it’s up to the media to ask Governor John Kasich if he supports Building a Better Ohio’s decision.  Ask Senator Jones.  Batchelder.  Niehaus.  They own Jason Mauk and Building a Better Ohio’s decision to tell an elderly grandmother publicly to go pound sand in what any objective person familiar with the situation would call an entirely reasonable and honorable request.

So far, the only station in Columbus that hasn’t reportedly agreed to pull the ad is WBNS Channel 10 in Columbus… which just happens to be the only station owned by the Dispatch Printing Company. [UPDATED:]  We received word from multiple reliable sources that WBNS has now, in fact, agreed to pull the Better Ohio ad as well.

Building a Better Ohio could have changed course for the high road.  Instead, they’ve opted to go from the low road to the stupid one.

  • Tarfam325

    Just saw the Building a Better Ohio commercial splicing Marlene Quinn’s ad and It DOES make it look like her comments support Issue 2.  Is this even LEGAL???  These people are immoral and unethical.  Maybe some people think everyone is like this…but can they get away with this???  Ridiculous!!!!

  • I received an email from WBNS that they pulled the ad earlier today

  • eraser1998

    Just saw it on WCPO – called them and gave them a VERY sternly worded demand that they pull it immediately.

    I’m FURIOUS.

    And I’m a registered Republican working in the private sector (I do often vote for Dems, don’t worry!)

  • Anonymous

    Of course they can because they are soulless monsters.

    No on 2.

  • BuckeyeBoss

    I’ve noticed that no one as actually disputed the actual argument presented in the ad.  All emotion and no substance?  Man, it’s like you all work for We Are Ohio or something…

  • Anonymous

    You mean other than pointing out that the Dispatch has already reported that layoffs are more likely due to Kasich’s budget regardless of whether Issue 2 passes or fails?

    You mean other than pointing out the entire argument is a farce, you’re correct. We haven’t addressed it beyond that. Next?

  • Annekarima

    They are immoral and it runs over into the private sector they control.

  • stryx

    @JasonMauk:disqus , there’s still time to come back to humanity. You’re a long-time party hack it’s true but you don’t have to completely abandon whatever remaining vestiges of decency you might have left just to boost up a failing campaign.

    Seriously Jason- you are currently picking on a grandma. She actually asked you to stop. You told her to shut her pie hole.

    Even with 10% unemployment there’s plenty of fulfilling, socially useful work out there. You can walk away. Do it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for reasonable reforms.  But Issue 2 isn’t that.  It’s an intention attempt by the Republicans to sap the unions of political power so that they can stay in power.  It’s not about reform, it’s about campaign politics.  That’s not just me saying it.  It’s the leadership of the Tea Party movement in Ohio and Americans for Prosperity.

  • Anonymous

    Second, we don’t have to ASSUME what I said is the case.  It’s confirmable fact that’s what the Dispatch had already said about the ad before they spliced in the pirated footage of this great-grandmother.

    Look, you said we didn’t address the rest of the ad.  We’ve proven that, too, was a lie.  Maybe you should go back to ThirdBasePolitics where facts and credibility are optional.

  • Ron_brown

    Vote no on Issue 2,supporters are liars,who want the public to believe that issue 2 will help keep our states budget balanced(which is bull—-)Kasich is a crook,was only elected to change political parties in ohio.Iam a registered republican(who votes for the person -not the party)

  • Repsaremorons

    NEWS FLASH — Republican Groups Distort, twist facts, and lie.  So what else is new….. these tactics represent about 90% of Repbulican strategy. 

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