OEC Rules “No Probable Cause” on 15th District Ad

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The Ohio Elections Commission will not move forward in a complaint filed against a contentious ad put out by the GOP 15th District U.S. Congressional candidate.

The ad by Republican candidate Steve Stivers has been called “red-baiting,” “disgusting,” “false,” as well as “factual.”

In a two-to-one vote at a probable cause hearing, the Ohio Elections Commission found no need to move forward in a complaint filed by Democrat Incumbent Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy.

One day following a news conference from the Ohio Democratic Party condemning the ad, it is no longer running on TV. A Stivers spokesperson said that’s because the ad was scheduled to end, and is not a result of the complaints.

Kilroy’s campaign said the ad questioned her patriotism.

The ad juxtaposed her picture between the Chinese and American flags. And it claimed she supports overseas jobs before those in the U.S. because she voted for the federal stimulus package which did create a small number of jobs in China.

Monday, Stivers maintained the ad was accurate, and did not question his opponent’s patriotism.