By Joe Hallett
Joyce Beatty today became the first candidate in the hotly contested Democratic primary field for the new 3rd Congressional District seat to go on Columbus television and radio with campaign ads.
Beatty, former minority leader of the Ohio House and an Ohio State University vice president, is airing a 30-second spot on broadcast television and a 60-second commercial on radio. Both feature her endorsement by Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman.
In the television ad, shot in a local coffee shop, Beatty is shown talking with different groups of supporters, saying: "This is no time to go along to get along...not while jobs are going to China and India. I will stand up to anyone, especially the Tea Party, when they try to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. It's time for a new voice in Congress to get results." The commercial ends with Coleman appearing to say he supports Beatty.
The radio ad features entirely a testimonial about Beatty from Coleman.
Other than Beatty, state Rep. Ted Celeste is the only candidate to air a TV spot so far in the race before the March 6 primary. His ad was on cable TV, including CNN. Also running is former 15th Congressional District Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy and Columbus City Councilwoman Prescilla Tyson.