Apparently, in Ohio, like in Wisconsin, there’s been a concentrated effort to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. The legislation that would do this in Ohio, called Senate Bill 5, has already passed the Republican legislature, and now there’s a state-wide grassroots effort to repeal it via voter referendum. If the repeal effort, which is called “No on Issue 2,” fails, it would mean, among other things, that fire fighters would no longer be able to negotiate how many people were necessary to effectively fight a fire. Seizing on this fact, those against Senate Bill 5 have produced a television ad in which Cincinnati resident Marlene Quinn talks of the fire fighters who rescued her grandson and great-granddaughter, and contemplates what might have happened had there been fewer fire fighters on the crew dispatched to their home.
As Republican douche-baggery knows no limits, though, that wasn’t the end of it. No, the folks on the other side of the debate copied the footage of Marlene Quinn, reedited it, and released it as a “Vote Yes on Issue 2″ ad. In their version, Marlene, after recounting how her daughter was saved, urges people to vote yes on the referendum, her reasoning being that, unless the people of Ohio strip public employees of their right to collectively bargain, there will be less money to pay our heroic fire fighters, and therefore fewer of them to rescue our loved ones.
Here are both ads side-by-side.
In addition to being incredibly evil, I think you’ll have to agree that this second ad, produced by a group calling itself Building a Better Ohio, is also pretty brilliant… which is why I’ve decided to share it with you today. I know it’s wrong to hope that someone’s house burns down, but it’s hard to watch this and not find yourself thinking very dark thoughts about the men behind it.
Mrs. Quinn, by they way, had the following to say upon seeing the new ad.
“It’s insulting to the brave firefighters who saved the life of my great-granddaughter. I’m outraged they are using my face and my words to push their harmful agenda. They certainly did not ask my permission. I feel violated.”
To add insult to injury, while a number of television stations have stopped running the ad, network affiliates in two of Ohio’s largest markets – Cleveland and Cincinnati – are continuing to do so… It would appear that the millions of dollars in undisclosed contributions being offered are pretty hard to say no to.
If you know of people who are registered to vote in Ohio, please forward this to them, OK?