Self-Funder Ganley Begins Airing TV Ads in Ohio
Cleveland automobile dealer Tom Ganley (R) is airing a statewide television ad to introduce himself to the primary voters who will decide whether he or former Rep. Rob Portman should be the party’s nominee in a key open-seat Senate race next year.The 60-second ad touts Ganley’s business background and takes an anti-Washington tone, with a narrator saying that Ganley’s 47-year career of creating jobs and balancing budgets amounts to “hard work the Washington politicians don’t understand.— Ganley speaks only at the end of the ad, in a required disclaimer approving the commercial.“To help create jobs for Ohio, Tom Ganley knows Washington must stop reckless spending, cut taxes for small business, say no to taxpayer-funded bailouts of big business,— the narrator says.Ganley campaign manager Jeff Longstreth declined to comment on the ad’s specifics, including how much the campaign is spending on it. “We’re going where the voters are,— he said.Ganley is expected to spend millions of dollars ahead of the Republican primary next May. Portman, a former budget and trade official in the administration of President George W. Bush, is well-funded, with $5.1 million in cash on hand in his campaign account as of Sept. 30. GOP officials are backing Portman, and Ganley is running as a political outsider.Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner are vying in the Democratic primary in the race to succeed retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R).