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FactCheck.org: Kaptur ad 'misrepresents the facts'

FactCheck.org* examined Ohio 9th Congressional District Rep. Marcy Kaptur's campaign commercial and found that it "misrepresents the facts" in its accusations against her opponent, Republican Rich Iott.

Their analysis of the ad, which can be viewed at http://www.factcheck.org/2010/09/who-killed-food-town/, concludes:

"... the ad is wrong to blame Iott for "closing our neighborhood stores," and it goes too far in blaming him for "costing 5,000 people their jobs."
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In the end, the ad's summary charge - that Iott "doesn't create jobs, he sells them off" - misrepresents what happened to Food Town and its employees, and who was responsible for it."

"The analysis by FactCheck.org validates what we've said all along about the merger between Food Town and Spartan," Matthew Parker, a spokesman for the Iott campaign, said. "We're going to continue to point out Rep. Kaptur's voting record and we expect her to stop the smear attacks and begin addressing the issues voters care about like the high unemployment that the failed stimulus bill hasn't solved; the out-of-control government spending that she continues to support and the pay-to-play scandal that she conveniently attempts to ignore."

* FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players. They are a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.