The pro SB5 campaign, building a better Ohio, is now at the center of a political firestorm, now being dubbed "GrannyGate", for airing one of the most deceptive and dishonest ads in Ohio political history. The ad has been deemed so dishonest that major TV stations WSYX, WTTE, WCMH in Columbus; WSAV, WCHS, and WVAH in Charleston; WTAP in Parkersburg; WTRF in Wheeling; WDTN and WBDT in Dayton and WTOL in Toledo are all refusing to air it
Marlene Quinn, the grandmother being illegally misrepresented by Building A Better Ohio had this to say
I'm outraged. They did not ask my permission. I feel violated.
I want to stop Senate Bill 5. Everyone should vote No on Issue 2.”
Cincinnati firefighter Paul Weber, one of the firefighters who rescued Marlene's granddaughter also had a strong rebuke
Despite all the negative news reports the Better Ohio campaign are now receiving, they continue to be unapologetic about their disgraceful actions.
Join the Future believes that this kind of campaigning has no place in the body politic of Ohio, and Better Ohio should immediately cease and desist from airing this, and all other misleading, dishonest ads and issue an unequivocal apology to Ms Quinn, the Cincinnati firefighters and the people of Ohio.
We are asking our supporters to contact Better Ohio's endorsers and politely ask them to request this course of action. It reflects badly on their organization to continue to support such disgraceful actions
- Ohio Society of CPAs. Amy Johnson, VP, Communications
- National Federation of Independent Business - Ohio. Roger Geiger, Vice President
- Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Andrew Doehrel, President and CEO
- Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Michael Dalby, President & CEO
- Greater Cleveland Partnership
- Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Youngstown Chamber of Commerce. Thomas M. Humphries , Regional Chamber President & Ceo
- Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio
Here's is a possible sample letter you can use or adapt.
I am writing to you, because your organization has endorsed the Building A Better Ohio Issue 2 campaign. I wanted to make you aware of news reports regarding a dishonest TV ad that stations around the state are now refusing to air. While I am sure you are now aware of these reports, an example can be found here - report from WKYC 3.
As a concerned citizen I am requesting that your organization contact the Building A Better Ohio campaign and ask them to cease and desist from using this dishonest and deceptive ad, and apologize to the great grandmother they are using. This type of campaigning reflects badly upon supporters of Issue 2, and more broadly upon Ohio.
Thank you for your time and consideration
You can share any responses you receive from these organizations, in confidence, with us - firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign the We Are Ohio petition to request all TV stations cease airing this ad.