Fung Campaign Defends Message, Declines Comment On Ohio Setting for RI Jobs Ad

Aug 13, 2014

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's gubernatorial campaign is defending the message of a campaign commercial that touts Fung as a job-creator, even though the 30-second commercial depicts Fung in an Ohio diner.

The spot -- titled "Open for Business" -- describes Fung's biography and say he helped create 1000 jobs in Cranston. It began airing earlier this month.

Yet Michael Pappas, the owner of Tommy's Diner in Columbus, Ohio, tells The Associated Press that Fung's campaign used his diner to film a commercial about making Rhode Island open for business. Go Local Prov was the first to report that the ad appeared to have been taped in Ohio.

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Fung campaign spokesman Rob Coupe declined to comment on questions related to the production of the commercial, but he says Fung's message holds up.

"We stand by the message of this ad," Coupe says. "What matters is that Allan has a track record of reform, he's reformed government in Cranston, he's held the line on taxes without a tax increase for three years. He's responsible for bringing over a thousand new private sector jobs into the city, and that's what he's offering the people of Rhode Island as governor."

Fung faces GOP rival Ken Block in the September 9 primary.