May 10. 2012 9:00PM - Last modified: May 10. 2012 9:09PM

Ad creates political crossfire for Johnson Controls

Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. suddenly finds itself in the middle of a squabble in the 2012 U.S. presidential race.

Brian Slagle, an autoworker at JCI's factory in Toledo, Ohio, is featured a new television commercial for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. In the new ad, Slagle says he was laid off and "scared to death" until Obama swooped in to save the American automotive industry.

While he drives on Interstate 475 in Toledo in the ad, Slagle gives Obama credit for having saved his job.

Republicans are criticizing the ad and Johnson Controls.

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