What Was Ted Strickland’s Dream Job? (Hint: It Wasn’t Representing Ohio)

Aug 19, 2015 by AFP

Yesterday, Americans for Prosperity unveiled a new ad highlighting how Ohio experienced significant job loss under former Governor Ted Strickland’s watch. Yet, rather than own up to his failed economic policies, Strickland refused to take responsibility. In addition, his supporters strangely attacked Washington special interests, which is the height of hypocrisy considering that Strickland, himself, worked as a D.C. lobbyist, pushing policies that negatively impact Ohio’s economy.

Americans For Prosperity President Tim Phillips issued the following statement in response to Ted Strickland’s comments:
“Ted Strickland definitely knows a thing or two about special interests. His self-described ‘dream job’ was making lots of money in Washington lobbying for policies that destroyed Ohio jobs. It’s clear that Ted Strickland is more interested in reuniting with his special interest buddies in D.C. than fighting to bring jobs back to Ohio.”
Supporting Research:
Despite Rhetoric, Strickland Not Focused On Ohio Jobs As Governor:
Strickland’s Economic Growth Cabinet Only Met Three Times During Its First Year. “Saying he has no greater priority than getting Ohio’s economy moving again, Gov. Ted Strickland created a new Economic Growth Cabinet one year ago to ‘focus on creating jobs and increasing economic growth opportunities.’ But the group has met only three times. And although no one denies the effects that the global recession has had on all states, Ohio continues to fare worse than most others in net job losses.” (Mark Niquette, “Cabinet panned for lack of work,” Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 4, 2009)
Ohio’s Economic “Wounds Are Self-Inflicted” During Strickland Administration.“Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat who supports Mrs. Clinton, blames his state’s problems on President Bush. But Ohio’s economy has been struggling for years, and most of its wounds are self-inflicted. Ohio now ranks 47th out of 50 in economic competitiveness, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council.” (Editorial, “Texas v. Ohio,” Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2008)
Due To High Taxes, “Ohio Lays Out The Red Carpet For Companies — When They Leave The State.” “Ohio politicians deplore plant closings even as they impose the third highest corporate income tax in the country (10.5%) and the sixth highest personal income tax (8.87%). A common joke is that Ohio lays out the red carpet for companies — when they leave the state. By contrast, Texas has no income tax, a huge competitive advantage.” (Editorial, “Texas v. Ohio,” Wall Street Journal, March 3, 2008)
As Governor, Strickland Actively Pushed Policies Harmful To Ohio Economy, But Beneficial To Him:
As Governor, Strickland Oversaw Stimulus Package That Doled Out Tens Of Millions To Green Energy Companies That Compete With Ohio Coal Industry. “While serving as governor of Ohio, Strickland oversaw a $1.57 billion bipartisan stimulus package that doled out more than $80 million in grants and loans to solar, wind and other energy initiatives that compete with the state’s coal industry. Some of the loans have since come under scrutiny because several companies failed to repay them on time.” (Alexander Bolton, “Strickland’s Coal Policies Dust Up Possible Senate Bid,” The Hill, 2/20/2015)

  • Strickland Received More Money From Companies That Received State Support, Than Any Other Politician. “Strickland received $736,000 in contributions, more than any Ohio politician, from employees at companies that received state support, according to the Toledo Blade, which has conducted several in-depth investigations of Strickland’s ties to the green energy industry.” (Alexander Bolton, “Strickland’s Coal Policies Dust Up Possible Senate Bid,” The Hill, 2/20/2015)
  • One Firm, Willard & Kelsey Solar Group, Won More Than $10 Million In Assistance After Forging A Relationship With C. David Snyder, One Of Strickland’s Top Donors And Fundraisers, According To The Blade.” (Alexander Bolton, “Strickland’s Coal Policies Dust Up Possible Senate Bid,”The Hill, 2/20/2015)

Was He Auditioning For His “Dream Job” Leading A Liberal Washington Think Tank?

Strickland Earned More Than $250,000 Leading The Center For American Progress Action Fund. Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democratic candidate for U.S. senator, earned $250,386 from April 2014 to March 2015 working for the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, a new financial disclosure filing shows. Strickland headed the center’s Action Fund, its advocacy arm, before resigning and announcing he wanted to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman in 2016.”
“Strickland Once Said That Working For The Center For American Progress Was His Dream Job, A Quote That Republicans Tried To Use Against Him Today.” (Stephen Koff, “Ted Strickland earned $250,000 at think tank,” Cleveland.com, 8/11/2015)
Ohio Coal Association Blasted CAP And Its Ties To Obama Administration. “Critics are tying him to the group’s environmental policies and to Carol Browner, the former architect of President Obama’s climate policies, who is a distinguished senior fellow at CAP. ‘CAP has people like Carol Browner right down the hall from him in the office, and we can’t in the industry trust someone whose ties to the war on coal go that deep,’ said Christian Palich, interim president of the Ohio Coal Association, a GOP-leaning group.” (Alexander Bolton, “Strickland’s Coal Policies Dust Up Possible Senate Bid,” The Hill, 2/20/2015)