August 1, 2016

VIDEO: Ted Strickland Silent On Anti-Coal Confab

He may have been passed over for a speaking slot, but failed former Ohio governor and current senate candidate Ted Strickland was still out and about at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

A notoriously weak fundraiser, Strickland was so eager to take advantage of the opportunities to court special interest cash, he apparently didn’t care if it came from groups trying to kill Ohio jobs. The Youngstown Vindicator reported:

Ex-Gov. Ted Strickland, the Democratic nominee for a U.S. Senate seat, spoke about renewable energy at a forum co-sponsored by two organizations that want to eliminate the use of coal.

The report detailed the extreme organizations at the event:

Strickland was a featured speaker at “Winning on Climate Together,” sponsored by the Sierra Club, NextGen Climate, the League of Conservation Voters and the NRDC [Natural Resources Defense Council] Action Fund. Sierra Club and NextGen want to eliminate the use of coal.

Not only did Strickland attend the anti-coal confab; he’s also directly benefitting from groups that want to destroy the coal industry is pouring into the race:

NRDC has spent $532,128 to support Strickland in the Senate campaign and the Sierra Club has spent $714,968, according to Portman’s campaign.

When an America Rising tracker caught up with Strickland on his way out of the event, he wasn’t saying a word.

That wasn’t end end of Strickland’s problems in Philly. The Cincinnati Enquirer panned his “far from animated” performance, writing that he “seemed to sleepwalk through” the DNC.

It won’t be the end of Strickland’s coal country woes either. Not only did he lose out on a key coal-miners union endorsement, as an early endorser of Hillary Clinton, he’ll be forced to answer for her pledge to “put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” as he campaigns across Ohio: