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Ohio House Democratic candidate criticizes his own party over attack ad

October 22, 2018 GMT

Ohio House Democratic candidate criticizes his own party over attack ad

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Another Ohio legislative candidate – this time, a Democrat – is taking his own party to task for a negative ad against his opponent.

Casey Weinstein, the Democratic nominee for House District 37 in Summit County, said in a release that he “condemns” a digital ad from the Ohio House Democratic Caucus against his Republican rival, Mike Rasor. He expressed his “frustration” in a letter to House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn asking that the ad be taken down.

The ad, which has been running on Facebook and other sites, claims “Mike Rasor wants to take away women’s access to preventative care and affordable cancer screenings, including mammograms.” To support that claim, the ad refers to a candidate survey in which Rasor stated he “strongly agrees” that abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood (which offers cancer screenings) should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Weinstein stated that Rasor asked him to denounce and pull the ad, but he can only do the former because he didn’t create or place the ad.

“These negative advertisements do not reflect the values I strive for, not only as a [Hudson] City Councilman, but as a father,” Weinstein said in a statement, “I’ve been the victim of deceptive attacks in the past, and it’s why I’ve been dedicated to running a clean campaign.”

However, House Democratic Caucus Executive Director Aaron Fisher defended the ad in an email and stated that the caucus is continuing to run it.

“While the Ohio House Democratic Caucus respects Casey Weinstein and the positive campaign he is running, we feel it is important that Ohio voters know exactly where Mike Rasor stands on the issues,” Fisher stated. “Every word in this ad is true, and we stand by it.”

Weinstein’s letter comes after a Republican legislative candidate in suburban Columbus, Erik Yassenoff, asked the Ohio Republican Party to stop sending out attack ads against his House District 24 Democratic opponent, Allison Russo.