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Diner Owner: Fung Filmed RI Governor Ad In Ohio

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung filmed an ad about making Rhode Island “open for business” at a diner in Ohio, according to the restaurant owner.

Michael Pappas, of Tommy’s Diner in Columbus, said Fung spent an hour filming at his diner July 31 after it had closed for the day. Pappas said Wednesday that Fung was on a “strict schedule” so they did not talk about why he was in Ohio.

Campaign finance reports show Fung has paid $127,000 to a communications company, Strategic Media, in nearby Delaware, Ohio, for advertising services.

In the new ad, Fung says he’ll stop “the perks, the powerful, the payoffs,” and challenge the old way of doing business to make Rhode Island open for business again.

A spokesman for Fung, Robert Coupe, would not say where the ad was filmed. He said Wednesday the ad “speaks for itself, and we stand by its message.”

“We really don’t talk about the production of our ads,” Coupe said.

GoLocalProv first reported the ad appeared to have been shot in Ohio. It began airing Aug. 6.

The diner has been the setting for political commercials in the past, Pappas said, but the candidates are usually campaigning for office in Ohio or for president.

Fung faces businessman and Moderate Party founder Ken Block in the Sept. 9 primary. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Treasurer Gina Raimondo and former Obama administration official Clay Pell are running in the Democratic primary.

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