COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has gone up early with the first television ad of his 2014 re-election campaign.
The Republican governor released the commercial Tuesday, weeks before the May primary.
The biographical spot emphasizes Kasich’s blue-collar roots in a Pennsylvania steel town as the son of a mail carrier father and immigrant mother. It also touches on his time at Ohio State University and his work to balance the federal budget as U.S. House budget chairman in the 1990s.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who is Kasich’s presumptive Democratic rival, says Kasich rushed out the ad because he knows he’s vulnerable.
FitzGerald says Ohioans remember Kasich’s support for a law limiting the collective bargaining powers of teachers, police and other public workers. Voters overturned the law in 2011.