In the run up to today’s Ohio FOP endorsement vote, DeWine made an aggressive effort to win some last minute support from delegates by distributing a flier attacking his opponent David Pepper.  The flier, pictured to the right, not only contains incorrect facts, but it also shows stock photos of “police officers” portrayed by actors.


Both of the images of police officers can be found on dozens of websites like this one for a defense attorney advising his clients never to talk to police officers.    Or this story about a police officer accused of sex crimes.   Both photos came from the online  stock photo company iStock.   The second one is called “Police Officer with Squad Car” and is available here for only 20 iStock credits.

But there is more wrong with this flier than just the insulting photos of male models dressed up like law enforcement officers.   The “facts” are also way off.  Back in 2007, when Pepper was a Hamilton County commissioner, he aggressively pursued a plan to save law enforcement jobs and to fund a new jail with a small sales tax increase.    And it was Pat DeWine, Mike’s son, who teamed up with COAST to kill the plan.

At today’s convention, DeWine’s negative flier fell flat.  Pepper received the endorsement of the Ohio FOP with over 2/3rd of the vote.   And it’s clear why…

When Governor John Kasich cut billions of dollars from local governments causing cities and counties to layoff officers around the state, Mike DeWine said nothing.   When asked about SB5, DeWine told reporters “The state has the right to get rid of [its collective bargaining law].”  And when Ohio’s police officers and other public employees were rallying against the anti-union provisions in SB5, DeWine supported blocking their access to the Statehouse.  Meanwhile, David Pepper was touring the state debating all takers on the evils of the bill.

Interestingly, back in 2011, supporters of Senate Bill 5 also sent out mailers with photos of fake police officers from the same stock photo company.  The mailers tried to convince voters that stripping police officers of their collective bargaining rights was about “restoring fairness” and “achieving balance between the public and private sectors.”    Over 60% of Ohioans voted to repeal the bill and protect those rights.

This isn’t the first time DeWine has had problems with campaign ads.  In 2006 he was accused of “political exploitation of the Sept. 11 attacks” when he altered images of the World Trade Center, adding fake smoke, for a TV spot attacking his opponent Sherrod Brown.  Brown went on to win the race, replacing DeWine in the U.S. Senate.

  • jr6020

    You know, these statewide races are starting to get some competitive energy. I was seriously wondering just a few weeks ago if Kasich and company would have a comfortable re-election night. Now, I’m not so sure. If the major public sector unions (police, fire, teachers) all endorse the DEM team and can get all the anti-Issue 2 folks to the polls this election can be won. Add in the environmental folks (who are already plenty pissed off), minorities, single women, progressive moderates and indies and you have a credible path to victory. Pay to play, charter school and other GOP shenanigans may well tip this thing our way come Nov 4…

  • Think.

    Ohioans will never forget the Senate Bill 5 fiasco.
    Remember in November.

  • dmoore2222

    Well said. SB5/Issue 2 was a huge blunder and basically put Frackin John’s re-election up for grabs. The blowback was so definitive I don’t think he can recover from it. There’s just something about seeing Capitol Square packed with unhappy citizens that won’t go away. I can’t wait until he’s forced to defend that and JobsOhio’s pathetic performance by Fitzgerald. Keep digging, Johnny!

  • dmoore2222

    You betcha.

  • Think.

    By choosing not to vote in 2010, Ohio progressives helped get this guy elected over Richard Cordray.
    Remember in November…

  • CherMoe

    WOW!!! DeWine is taking his actions right out of Rick Scott’s playbook from down there in FLORIDA!! These damned Republicans are DISGUSTING and cannot be trusted!

  • CherMoe

    Throw in all the WOMEN, the minorities, the elderly who got their taxes raised on their homes, etc. and the YOUTH, who Jon Husted is trying to suppress the votes on. Kasich has made more enemies than friends. Their gerrymandering will cause a lot of damage, but people are FURIOUS. I think we might get a much better showing at the voting booths in November!

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