WASHINGTON (AP) - Voters are urged to call Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan and "tell him to grow up" in a new GOP-funded television ad that criticizes his age and past disorderly conduct charges.
The 29-year-old candidate in northeast Ohio's 17th District has never disputed the disorderly conduct charges, which also were brought up during his state Senate race in 2001, campaign spokeswoman Pat Lowry said.
"We've heard all this before," she said. "(The Republicans) are desperate to get their message through and the only way they feel that they can do that is to tear Tim Ryan down. It's a sorry waste of good campaign money."
The ad that began airing Tuesday features Bowling Green police reports from 1993, 1994 and 1995 that show Ryan (pictured, above) being charged for disorderly conduct. The ad also shows a Bowling Green Municipal Court opinion that says the files should not be sealed because the judge was "not convinced of the defendant's rehabilitation."
Ryan, a state senator from Niles, received his bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University.
The ad accuses Ryan of voting against tougher laws for juvenile sex offenders and stronger mandatory sentencing laws.
David All, a spokesman for Ryan's GOP opponent, state Rep. Ann Womer Benjamin, 49, said the National Republican Congressional Committee ad is a sign that the party is targeting its efforts on winning the Ohio district.
The ad gives voters factual information about Ryan, he said.
Kim Rubey, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Campaign Congressional Committee, said that by going negative in its first ad for Womer Benjamin, Republicans "are showing that they are resorting to desperate campaign tactics."
The Democratic committee has not sponsored an ad for Ryan and Rubey declined to say whether it would.
The Republican's 30-second was produced by Landover, Md.-based Russo Marsh Copsey and Scott, a leading Republican media firm.
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