U.S. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio) is back on television advertising for his re-election, this with an ad that could be mistaken for a new car commercial.
The ad focuses on the 2009 government bailout of the domestic auto industry that Brown supported and about which his opponent, Republican Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, has been largely silent.
Entitled, "Both from Ohio,” the spot highlights the Chevy Cruze, a General Motors car that is built with parts from across Ohio and assembled in Lordstown. "Engine block's made in Defiance; aluminum wheels, Cleveland; transmission, from Toledo."
Brown says he was "proud to have led the fight to pass the auto rescue package."
The Brown campaign says the ad is running in major markets in Ohio, including Toledo.
Brown, who is seeking election to a second term, boasts the auto industry rescue saved 848,000 Ohio jobs.
"With Ohio’s auto industry on the brink, Sherrod stood up for Ohio jobs and fought to rescue the American auto industry when some were ready to let those jobs vanish,” said Sadie Weiner, spokeswoman for the Friends of Sherrod Brown Campaign. “Sherrod’s confidence in Ohio workers has never faltered and it never will – that’s why he refused to give up on Ohio’s auto industry, and that's a big reason why the nearly 850,000 industry related workers in Lordstown, Toledo, Cleveland, and across the state still have jobs today."
Here's the response from Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate spokesman Nicole Sizemore:
"After 3 months and $1.5 million in negative ads attacking Josh Mandel, on top of additional millions in negative attack ads from his special interest friends, we’re glad that 38-year politician Sherrod Brown finally decided to say something about himself. We were disappointed that Brown’s ad failed to answer the lingering questions about why he hasn’t passed a budget in more than three years, why multiple trillion-dollar budget deficits happened under his watch, and why he believes raising taxes on Ohio families and small businesses to pay for Washington's reckless addiction to spending is the answer to a challenging economy."