Ohio GOP Rep. Renacci To Drop Gubernatorial Bid For Senate Run

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

"Jim Tressel is welcome pretty much wherever he goes in OH", said Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Ohio according to the Washington Examiner which says two unnamed party members have acknowledged that Tressel has not expressed interest in running for the Senate.

The author of the best-selling memoir "Hillbilly Elegy" is seriously considering a Senate run in OH as a Republican, according to a report.

"If the President of the United States reaches out and contacts me and asks to me to jump in that race, I would consider it only at that point", Renacci said.

Last Friday, state Treasurer Josh Mandel made a surprise announcement that he was quitting the U.S. Senate race because of an illness to his wife.

For now, the congressman from Wadsworth has decided he will continue to oppose Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the May 8 primary. "And for that reason I've agreed to answer the call to service and enter the race for United States Senate", Mr. Renacci said.

As many of you know, after spending most of my career in the business world, a few years ago I chose to run for Congress because I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington.

Investment banker Mike Gibbons has been campaigning around the state seeking the Republican nod for the Senate seat. "If the president would call, I would consider it because I would need his help at this late part of the game ..."

"Rep. Renacci is a former lobbyist and corrupt politician beholden to wealthy Washington special interests who is desperately running from one losing campaign to another", Senate Majority PAC president J.B. Poersch said. "He brings nothing to the table but a record of giving away tax breaks to multi-millionaires like himself, while making OH families pay more for their healthcare and empowering corporations to send good OH jobs overseas", Strassberger said.

Tressel has donated to Republican campaigns over the past decade, mostly to Ohioans. In the past two days he has circulated the names of OH county GOP chairs and local Renacci leaders who are now backing him in the Senate contest.

"Putting up a member of Congress against a sitting senator is just putting two politicians up against each other", Schrimpf said. "So I think it'll be a spirited primary".

A blessing from the White House would make the transition from the gubernatorial race to senatorial race much easier for Renacci.