Ted Strickland’s story about his family temporarily living in a chicken shack after their home was burned down when he was five years old is probably something you know, if you paid attention to the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. It was referenced in some of his speeches, and some of the media back then – (link):
Sunday, March 19, 2006
(The Columbus Dispatch)
Ted Strickland was 5 when the old hillside house on Duck Run near Portsmouth caught fire in the middle of the night and his 13-year-old sister, Jean, scooped him into her arms and ran like hell.
Out on the gravel road, Orville Strickland pulled up after working the second shift at the steel mill in New Boston and found his wife, Carrie, moments before the house collapsed. He asked if all nine kids had gotten out.
“She said ‘Yes,’ ” recalled Roger Strickland, two years older than brother Ted. “And Dad said, ‘Then don’t worry about the damn house.’ ”
They didn’t, even though everything was lost and nothing was insured. The family walked a little ways up the hillside to the chicken house, nailed some cardboard on the walls and lived there until Orville and the older three boys converted the barn into a house. Carrie cooked their meals in a smokehouse behind the charred home.
“You see things differently after you’ve lived in a chicken shack,” Ted Strickland says, 60 years later.
As shared below Strickland’s Lt. Governor candidate Yvette McGee Brown gave a speech today. Capitol Blog put up a comment from the Kasich campaign, (link):
“Not until Ted Strickland feared needing their votes did he give urban Ohioans a second thought. Having grown up in a chicken shack on Duck Run, he has all but ignored our cities’ economies and their workers. It’s a disgraceful record whose pain for urban Ohioans can’t be swept under the rug with a bunch of pretty speeches.”
The Strickland campaign responded with a release of their own:
COLUMBUS-In response to comments from the Kasich Campaign denigrating Governor Ted Strickland’s upbringing in Southern Ohio, Strickland for Governor Communications Director Lis Smith released the following statement:
“Only the Congressman from Wall Street would be so out of touch as to insult Ted’s humble upbringing. While Congressman Kasich may have spent a lot of time in boardrooms at Lehman Brothers and rubbing elbows with lobbyists at cocktail parties in Washington, Ohioans are looking for a Governor who will represent their values-and clearly that is not John Kasich.”
It’s going to be a long campaign season…