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Lee Fisher Needs to Check Out a Few More Ohio Corners



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Sometimes, you get a rival who makes it too easy. The campaign of Ohio GOP Senate candidate Rob Portman enjoys this moment:

While campaigning in Marietta, Ohio, this weekend, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher said:

“I often say, if you want to see the jobs that Ted [Gov. Strickland] and I created . . . all you have to do is go to every corner of Ohio.” . . .

According to Ohio Labor Market Information data:

For April 2010, Ashtabula County Had An Unemployment Rate Of 13.6%.

But In April 2007, The Unemployment Rate For Ashtabula County Was 7.3%.

For April 2010, Hamilton County Had An Unemployment Rate Of 9.9%.

But In April 2007, The Unemployment Rate For Hamilton County Was 5.0%.

For April 2010, Meigs County Had An Unemployment Rate Of 15.0%.

But In April 2007, The Unemployment Rate For Meigs County Was 8.2%.

For April 2010, Williams County Had An Unemployment Rate Of 13.8%.

But In April 2007, The Unemployment Rate For Williams County Was 6.1%.

It is true that Lee Fisher often says that, but it is also true that people often scoff at him when he says that.


Tags: Lee Fisher , Rob Portman


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