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

12 January, 2018, 19:53 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Ohio GOP Rep. Renacci To Drop Gubernatorial Bid For Senate Run

Renacci, who had planned a bid for governor, reversed his course after state Treasurer Josh Mandel, considered the front-runner, suddenly dropped out because of his wife's health issues. Taylor removed herself from a potential Senate run Saturday.

While some Republicans may run campaigns in 2018 that look to distance themselves from the president, Renacci said his will not be one of them.

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. "I would clearly consider it only at that time".

Three sources said Renacci plans to announce the switch Thursday morning.

Over the coming weeks and months ahead I look forward to offering Ohioans a clear alternative to far left, career politician Sherrod Brown and earning the support of voters in every corner our state. The businessman and former Wadsworth mayor earlier said he'd make that move if encouraged to by President Donald Trump, who carried the swing state in 2016.

Renacci says that happened. So successful in fact, that he's pledged $5 million of his own money to defeat Brown in November. Gibbons contributed $100,000 to Trump-related groups and he served finance co-chair for Trump's OH campaign, said Chris Schrimpf.

The former football coach's only donation outside of OH, besides his support for Kasich, was $1,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2008, when Sen. "He's far from flawless, but who else is there?"

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Renacci discussed his political future at a Wednesday White House meeting that political director Bill Stepien also attended, according to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private conversation.

Though Jim Tressel has yet to express any interest, Ohio Republicans think the former Ohio State football coach would be a solid candidate to challenge Democrat Sherrod Brown in the state's Senate race.

Schrimpf said Gibbons has been working hard to cement his place in the field.

Those calls have gone to local Republicans, including 16 Republican "grassroots chairs" who are supporting Renacci for governor.

Gibbons, a GOP donor and Trump supporter, said Thursday he's staying in the race.

"Putting up a member of Congress against a sitting senator is just putting two politicians up against each other", Schrimpf said.

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