The message: Ted Strickland is “one hundred percent NRA.”
Gov. Ted Strickland’s brother has taken to Ohio’s roads to promote the National Rifle Association’s endorsement of the Democratic governor. He has appeared in response to Kasich’s visits to other southern Ohio counties, as well, promoting his governor brother’s support of gun ownership and poking jabs at his brother’s Republican opponent.
The Scioto County native is a physical contrast to his politician brother, characterizing himself, tongue in cheek, as being closer to Billy Carter than Ted Strickland.
The Strickland brothers appear mural-sized and flannel-clad on the side of the RV, which was parked Saturday afternoon on the Pomeroy parking lot during Kasich’s appearance at the GOP headquarters just up the street. Roger and his famous brother also appear in commercials promoting the sporstman’s message.
Roger is familiar with campaigning. He has worked on his brother’s campaigns for years, driving Ted on campaign tours across the Sixth Congressional District, walking in parades, and providing a comic foil to his more serious brother — particularly in their most familiar territory here in southern Ohio.
Roger took a similar road trip — RV included — when his brother ran for governor in 2006.
Ohio Hohenwarter, the NRA’s Ohio liaison, has been traveling with Roger Strickland to promote Strickland’s standing with the NRA and with gun owners and sportsmen in the larger context.
“We want people who stand up for the Second Amendment to stand up for Ted, too,” the governor’s brother said.
“(Strickland) has been 100 percent NRA throughout his career in Washington and brought what he did there back to Columbus,” Hohenwater has said during the visits.