Greg already tore up Better Ohio’s latest ad for their absolutely untrue statement that public workers are paid 43% more than private sector workers. Innovation Ohio did a nice job debunking this number as well.

But I feel it’s also worth commenting on the other part of the ad – specifically the beginning, which starts with pictures of closed down businesses, foreclosed homes and images of a what we are supposed to assume is a homeless guy pushing a shopping cart down an empty street. The ads starts with this footage and quickly proceeds to their argument: public employees are over paid.

Do they seriously think anyone watching this ad is going to believe that public worker salaries caused the foreclosure crisis in Ohio?

Do they seriously think anyone watching this ad is going to believe the guy with the beard, dressed like a homeless guy from the early 80’s and pushing the shopping cart, used to be a successful entrepreneur (instead of a b-roll actor) until teachers bargained for a reasonable class size of 40 or fewer kids?

I have a really hard time imagining how they think destroying collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public workers and subsequently driving down the salaries of all workers in the state will actually solve the foreclosure crisis or benefit Ohio’s homeless.

And it turns out that Columbus’s homeless and homeless advocates seem to feel the same way.

A few months ago I saw this cover of Street Speech, the newspaper produced by the Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, that clearly shows where the homeless and their advocates stand on Issue 2/SB5.

Homelessness did not result from overpaid state employees. Neither did the mortgage crisis or the inability of a young couple to pay their bills. And the current economic problems facing the state of Ohio are more likely the result of the misbehavior of Kasich’s banking pals from Lehman than the overtime pay of Ohio’s police officers and fire fighters. But that hasn’t stopped Better Ohio from running this ad as often as possible.

When they first started running their ads I was actually a little worried they might be able to sway some voters. But after the grannygate scandal, the recent drop in the polls, and the realization that they are actually making a serious investment in running THIS specific ad instead of the other ones, I find their whole campaign kind of sad, a bit depressing and thoroughly disappointing.

It seems like they have forgotten their own message and now they’re just running with anything they think will sway one or two independents. And this type of behavior almost always backfires.


  • Walbridge Rocks

    That’s what LIARS do. If the first LIE dosen’t work move on to the next and the next etc.

  • On my canvassn n petition circulations over past several months, the homeless have spoken with me n r telln me that they will not b bothering anyone, walkn, sittn, n they r being chased out/off downtown n high street..I try and get down to a location every sunday, bring sandwiches, talk, n make sure there are no kids n if are contact a few churches or have other good people who will find a place for the mom/child/dad/child/family..n usually get them housed, n back on their feet workn @3-4 months …lots of good programs n nice samaritans..however with no jobs as kasich promised, n millions given to corps/bonuses, and 40 percent raises, and another 15 mil in 2 primaries..couldnt kasich give even 1 mil to creatn jobs or helpn homeless? who am i kiddn..stupid question..VOTE NO ON ISSUE 2

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    I wont even watch this trash…but people will remember the 43%  lie …..
    I am gonna be doing alot of channel changing the next couple of weeks……
    One thing I can say –his trip to Cincy — he didnt get much air time…on either of the channels I watch for news…..

  • Anonymous

    No on 2.

  • Can a postal recipient of these oversize card flyer simply write REFUSED RECEIPT or RETURN TO SENDER and place it back in the mail box for the Better Ohio campaign?

  • Anonymous

    Expect Wall Street Republicans to behave like Wall Street Republicans.

    VOTE NO ON 2

  • Anonymous

    The opposition has NO credibility…..Twisting a Grandmother’s words. 

  • Anonymous

    Bless you for doing this work. 

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