At an event in February, supporter Brett Smith told Ohio Gov. and GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich about the significant challenges he’s faced in life and how he’s handled them: “I found hope in the Lord and in my friends, and now I’ve found it in my presidential candidate that I support. And I would really appreciate one of those hugs you’ve been talking about.” Kasich obliged.
New Day for America, the pro-Kasich super PAC for which Smith volunteers, took full advantage of the emotional moment. The hug graces an ad that has run in several states. But then Kasich put himself in the middle of a super PAC controversy when he appeared to admit to legally prohibited coordination between his campaign and New Day.
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