Retread Ted’s Unhappy Birthday Week
After he was caught getting cozy with anti-coal groups and listed as one of the “losers” at last week’s Democratic National Convention, Ted Strickland had reason to believe that things were looking up this week – he was getting ready to celebrate his 75th birthday, after all.
Unfortunately for “Retread” Ted, it didn’t turn out that way.
On Monday, Strickland rolled out an infrastructure plan (which was basically a Cliff’s Notes version of Hillary Clinton’s plan) in the shadow of a crumbling bridge near the Kentucky border. The problem? A local editorial board pointed out that the bridge’s bad condition was due to Strickland’s incompetence as governor:
And the need for that work has been apparent for more than a decade. In fact, Strickland was governor of Ohio when calls for replacement of the span began to intensify. Apparently, his administration was unable to craft an agreement with Kentucky that could have paved the way for federal funding of a new bridge.
Tuesday brought more bad headlines for Strickland, as he completed his election year transformation into a full-fledged liberal by backing taxpayer funding for abortions, a key plank of the 2016 DNC platform.
Then, Strickland’s strategy of lashing out at labor unions for backing his opponent continued to backfire when the Operating Engineers union switched its support on Wednesday. The Toldeo Blade reported:
Another big union that formerly supported Democrat Ted Strickland today threw its support behind Republican incumbent Rob Portman in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race.
Wednesday also brought two terrible analysis pieces detailing Democrat dismay over Strickland’s lackluster campaign.
Roll Call’s Alex Roarty suggested the Democrat’s senate map may be shifting away from the Buckeye State:
In Ohio, a race that Democrats once considered among their top targets, Democrats are fretting about Ted Strickland’s disappointing finances and a handful of marquee endorsements for Sen. Rob Portman.
And an Associated Press report with the headline, “Key Senate race in Ohio showing increasing promise for GOP,” described a campaign in disarray:
Portman also is overwhelming Strickland in fundraising, reporting $13.2 million cash on-hand compared to just $3.8 million for Strickland. Now some Democrats are voicing concerns about the campaign being run by the former governor, who turns 75 on Thursday and whose public campaign appearances have been minimal.
To add insult to injury, Strickland finished out the week getting mocked by reporters on his own birthday, thanks to his team’s amateurish social media post:
Ted Strickland wishes himself a Happy Birthday with this Awkward Family Photo card. https://t.co/yDa9aPlTPJ
— Andrew J. Tobias (@AndrewJTobias) August 4, 2016