There was nothing subtle about the TV commercial in 2010: As Gov. Ted Strickland held a hunting rifle, an announcer said as a member of the U.S. House in 1994, Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich “voted to take away our gun rights — a major reason the National Rifle Association gave Strickland an A-plus rating.It's not really good news that another Democrat that was a supporter of our right to keep and bear arms has done an about face. When only one party believes in our rights, it doesn't bode well for our long term freedom. Apparently, even in pro-rights Ohio, all Democrats believe it is smarter to run on gun control than against it.
Fast forward to today and the same Ted Strickland, who is in a contested U.S. Senate Democratic primary race next spring against Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, has become an advocate of the type of gun restrictions he once opposed.
Voters don’t always reward such flip-flops. Many thought Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony J. Celebrezze hurt himself in 1990 when he jettisoned his lifelong opposition to abortion rights and lost the election to Republican George V. Voinovich.
And even as Strickland’s aides insist he became an advocate of new gun restrictions in the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in 2012 at a Connecticut elementary school, analysts suggest the former governor realizes that opposition to gun restrictions could hurt him among Democratic primary voters who tend to back tougher gun laws.
Monday, December 21, 2015
This time it's former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, whom the NRA endorsed for re-election in 2010 when he was up against former Representative John Kasich. But according to the Dayton Daily News, now that he is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Strickland has tacked back toward the gun ban crowd: