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Lorain County Paper Not Pleased with Strickland’s Invacare Attack

September 3, 2010 at 8:06 am Matt Leave a comment Go to comments

The truth is, Gov. Strickland and his supporters don’t mind the attack ad because of the major donations their owner, Malachi Mixon, makes to Republicans. Here is the editorial from the Lorain Morning Urinal:

The television commercial featuring the wife of a 22-year Invacare employee from Lorain whose job was outsourced to China appears to be a desperate political shot fired in the heat of a tough campaign between Gov. Ted Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich.

The ad targets Invacare Corp., one of Lorain County’s largest companies, because Kasich sits on its board of directors. In 2006, Invacare sent about 200 Elyria jobs to China and Mexico in order to better compete with low-cost health-care equipment manufacturers located overseas.

Despite Strickland’s criticism, the strategy worked. Invacare was able to remain competitive, and it has since added jobs in Elyria and in its foreign operations.

Business leaders in Lorain County and across the state have sent letters to the governor supporting Invacare and demanding the commercial be taken off the air. The Strickland campaign says the ad was not a criticism of Invacare, but rather a condemnation of outsourcing and Kasich’s support of it.

That reasoning is hard to buy in light of the governor’s recent poll numbers.

A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Aug. 30 has Kasich ahead 47 percent to 39 percent over Strickland. At the beginning of August, Kasich’s lead was 45 percent to 42 percent. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted Aug. 27-29 has Kasich ahead 50 percent to 40 percent, compared to a June poll where Kasich was up by only two points. Both polls show majorities of voters have negative views of the governor.

Strickland’s plight doesn’t excuse besmirching the reputation of an important Lorain County employer that actively supports community causes and organizations.

When I liberal editorial board in an impoverished steel town even gets it right on outsourcing, Ted Strickland’s protectionist argument is officially irrelevant.

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  • Skipsailing28

    I think you are quite wrong in your characterization of the Lorain Journal’s editorial position. As a subscriber to the paper I find the OP ed page to be a right of center mix of view points. Jim Hoagland appears no more frequently that Victor Davis Hanson.rnrnThe publisher’s frequent columns on Sunday rarely vary far from my own point of view.rnrnI admit that this is a rarity but look at it this way, I have very little money to waste and I certainly don’t want to spend what I have supporting the liberal agenda and its propaganda arm. I don’t believe I do that at all with my subscription to the this paper.rnrnAs a daily visitor to this blog I ask you to reconsider your position relative to the Journal. It is one of the few truly balanced old line papers around. It is certainly NOT the plain dealer.rnrnNow I must admit that I do buy the plain dealer from time to time. But then again, I own 15 birds and that guano has to go somewhere. There is nothing quite so small yet so satisfying as arranging the newprint such that a connie schultz column is directly below the perch of Gracie, my African Grey Parrot.

  • Tskoch

    Matt, try reading The Morning Journal before you mischaracterize it as a “liberal” paper and make a vulgar remark with its name. For example, see http://tinyurl.com/27bmr89 or http://tinyurl.com/2362w36nhttp://tinyurl.com/2dhrb3dnhttp://tinyurl.com/2cy323vnhttp://tinyurl.com/2ekdpxcnhttp://tinyurl.com/y7p7jco n– Tom Skoch, Editor, The Morning Journal, Lorain, OH

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