COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The first television ad of the campaign for Ohio governor is on the air.
Gov. John Kasich's re-election campaign started airing the ad, titled "Deliver," on Tuesday. The :60 second ad is a biography of Kasich, featuring locations key to his life. It begins with a look at his childhood home in the Pittsburgh-suburb of McKees Rocks. It also includes Ohio State University, Kasich's Congressional office, and the church where he was married.
Kasich has about a $6 million fundraising-advantage over his likely rival, Democrat Ed FitzGerald, according to the last campaign finance reports.
The FitzGerald camp labeled the ad an "Etch-A-Sketch moment" and took the ad apart line-by-line, claiming that Kasich's record doesn't mesh with the message in the ad.
The Governor is getting a much earlier start than then-Gov. Ted Strickland did four years ago in his re-election bid. Strickland waited until the May Primary Election in 2010 to release an ad that slammed Kasich for supporting free trade agreements and his work at Lehman Brothers.