Ohio Stations Yank Ad Featuring Grandmother

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Thirty TV stations across Ohio have reportedly pulled a political ad off the air over its controversial use of footage featuring a great-grandmother from Cincinnati.

78-year-old Marlene Quinn recently signed on to appear in an ad opposing an upcoming ballot initiative.  The ad (embedded above)–in which Quinn recounts how a group of brave firefighters saved her granddaughter’s life–was apparently so effective at swaying voter opinion that a group supporting the ballot initiative used footage of Quinn in its own ad (video inside).

“I think it’s dishonest and downright deceitful that they would use footage of me to try to play tricks and fool voters,” Quinn said in a statement.  “I’m outraged. They did not ask my permission. I feel violated.”

Here’s a list of stations that have pulled the ad…

WLWT and WXIX in Cincinnati
WUAB and WOIO in Cleveland
WSAV, WCHS, and WVAH in Charleston
WDTN, WHIO, WBDT, WRGT, and WKEF in Dayton
WLIO, ELIO, EOHL, and WOHL in Lima
WTAP in Parkersburg
WTOL, WUPW, WNWO in Toledo
WTRF, WTOV, ETRF and GTRF in Wheeling
WHIZ in Zanesville