NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Republican Allan Fung is dismissing criticism that he filmed a television ad for his bid for Rhode Island governor at a diner in Ohio.

Fung told WJAR-TV on Thursday that what's important is the ad's message, not its location, and he urged people to look at his job creation record in Cranston, where he is mayor. Fung, however, declined to discuss production of the ad, when asked whether he thought about doing it in Rhode Island.

The ad about making Rhode Island "open for business" was shot July 31 at Tommy's Diner in Columbus, Ohio. Campaign finance reports show Fung has paid $127,000 to Strategic Media in nearby Delaware, Ohio, for advertising services.

Fung faces a Sept. 9 primary against businessman Ken Block, who bashed Fung over the ad.