Firefighters cry foul on S.B. 5 ad footage of great-grandmother

Marlene Quinn appears in both commercials about Issue 2. / YouTube

Firefighters and police officers are joining other opponents of Ohio's collective bargaining law to criticize an ad they say misuses footage of a great-grandmother who's against the law.

At issue is a Building a Better Ohio commercial that features recut footage of 78-year-old Marlene Quinn, who is against the new collective bargaining restrictions.

The union-backed We Are Ohio coalition claims the ad is misleading, because the woman appears in one of that group's ads asking voters to repeal the law.

Building a Better Ohio used the same footage, without her repeal request.

"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. "It's insulting to the brave firefighters that saved the lives of my grandson and my great-granddaughter Zoey. I'm outraged. They did not ask my permission."

A count by We Are Ohio finds that 30 television stations in Ohio media markets have pulled the ad with the edited footage, though Building a Better Ohio says some stations are now running it again.