Sunday, December 04, 2005

Ohio Democrats to Protest Lamar Advertising's Rejection of DNC Jean Schmidt Billboards

To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor
Contact: Damien LaVera of the Democratic National Committee, 202-787-8953
News Advisory:
Ohio State Rep. John Boccieri, a major in the Air Force Reserve and a C-130 pilot who served four tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, will join Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Brian Rothenberg for a news conference on Sunday, Dec. 4 to protest the decision by Lamar Advertising to reject two billboards purchased this week by the Democratic National Committee.
The billboards sought to hold Ohio Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt accountable for attacking Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha, a decorated military veteran, during a Congressional debate on the Iraq war. After signing a contract with the DNC to run the ads this week, Lamar Advertising arbitrarily rejected the billboards, refusing to honor its contract for the Portsmouth billboards and to accept the same advertisement for placement on billboards in Cincinnati.
The news conference with Rep. Boccieri and Rothenberg will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. in front of Rep. Schmidt's Portsmouth office at 601 Chillicothe Street.
WHO: State Rep. and Iraq War Veteran John Boccieri and Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Brian Rothenberg
WHAT: News Conference to protest Lamar Advertising's Rejection of DNC Billboards on Jean Schmidt
WHERE: In front of Rep. Schmidt's office -- 601 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth, Ohio
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.
For additional information, contact Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Brian Rothenberg at 614-221-6563, ext. 145.
Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee, This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
/© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/


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