President Trump's political staff is encouraging U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R., Wadsworth) to enter the race for the U.S. Senate, according to sources who spoke to The Blade Wednesday.
Renacci, a Republican from Wadsworth running for governor, has been one of the most discussed names for the Senate race after Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel announced he was dropping out last Friday, shocking OH political observers. Cleveland.com also reported that White House officials urged Renacci to drop his gubernatorial bid and run for Senate.
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.
The decision, which follows a high-profile effort earlier in the week to show he is following the wishes of President Donald Trump, pits him first against Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons for the nomination. Such an important role. "My job is to fight for jobs in the Mahoning Valley and I will continue to do that", Brown said. "It will be a true honor to serve as your next United States Senator", he said. "Much accomplished. Much to do".
Tressel made the announcement on his Twitter account on Thursday. Tressel renewed his contract last year at the university through June 2019 for $300,000 a year. Renacci said he wants to provide an alternative to the "far left, career politician Sherrod Brown".
Renacci entered the race for governor in March of previous year and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign. I thank you sincerely for your support and please keep an eye out for news coming directly from our Senate campaign, which we are launching today. He will be successful in whatever he does. "If the president would call, I would consider it because I would need his help at this late part of the game ... But given the dynamics of this race, it isn't surprising that his name came up", Munroe said.
Renacci said Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray, his pick for lieutenant governor, will now serve as state chairwoman for his Senate campaign.
Mr. Renacci leaves the Republican race for governor to Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and their running mates.
Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jake Strassberger called Renacci "the poster boy of Washington Republicans who've spent their time in office betraying middle-class workers to make life easier on the wealthy and well-connected".
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