COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Rob Portman is facing attacks on Ohio’s airwaves for the timing of his decision to retract support from Donald Trump.
The incumbent senator announced his reversal Saturday, more than 24 hours after a video featuring Trump making lewd, sexually charged remarks was condemned as offensive, inappropriate and sickening by other Republicans.
Democratic ex-Gov. Ted Strickland, Portman’s fall challenger, released ads Monday calling Portman cowardly. The spots liken the moral calculation on Trump to those made around anti-communist crusader Sen. Joseph McCarthy or George Wallace, the segregationist Alabama governor.
The liberal group MoveOn.org is targeting a similar message at conservative Christian women, urging them to support Strickland and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Portman said he’d hoped to back Trump out of respect for the millions who voted for him.