Anyone who’s been following Ohio’s gubernatorial race knows that we’ve had to become extremely creative in getting Bill Peirce any media coverage. So when we bought two chicken suits and went to the debates in Cleveland, we were surprised at the results:
Amid a throng of Strickland and Blackwell supporters outside WEWS Channel 5 News, two Peirce supporters wearing bright yellow chicken costumes “” Howard Kornhauser and the candidate’s son Arjen Peirce “” clucked and crowed at the double standard on display at the morning debate that excluded economist Bill Peirce.
Supporter of Peirce mockingly chanted “Bok Bok” and “Chicken” in unison of the chants of “Strickland” and “Blackwell” as the chickens danced in and out of the crowd to the delight of passing motorists. The two feathered fowl also carried a sign with them reading “Blackwell, Strickland chicken to debate Peirce.”
Outrageously, both chickens, outfitted in tags that read “Ted” and “Ken” were arrested by police, who claimed they walked into the street and disrupted traffic. Many in the crowd booed as news cameras swarmed around the two chickens.
The police singling out the Peirce supporters showed a double standard at the debates, once by exclusion, then by arrest. “It was unfair. The sidewalk was too crowded and although they were on the street, they were near the side of the street and they were not blocking any traffic,” Bill Peirce said. “There were other people also out on the street.”
As a comparison, camera crews across the street at several times captured the crowds of Blackwell and Strickland supporters bursting into the 2-way street at several points, even crossing into the center turn lane, halting traffic.
No Strickland or Blackwell supporters were arrested.
Don’t take my word on it, check the multitude of photos that have been posted to the Peirce flickr pool and you’ll see how our supporters were unfairly targeted. It seems not only are Strickland and Blackwell too chicken to debate the veteran economist who would wipe the floor with them, the powers that be in Ohio are resorting to throwing our people in jail when we protest it.
Don’t fret though, as our blitzkrieg underdog campaign is nearly in full swing and we have quite a few tricks up our sleeves to earn media coverage in Ohio’s partisan news organizations in the coming weeks, as well as a couple commercials that are slated for production in the coming days.
[disclaimer: Stephen VanDyke is an avid supporter and ally of the Peirce for Ohio Governor campaign and has received payment in association with his work for them. His opinion here is not paid for or endorsed by the candidate]