Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

Once a mostly wide-open Republican primary, Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted, the top two contenders, joined forces, significantly shrinking Renacci's chances in a race that also includes Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

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.

Earlier this week, Congressman Jim Renacci told Cleveland radio station WTAM he was considering making the switch. "And for that reason I've agreed to answer the call to service and enter the race for United States Senate". I hadn't heard any talk about him for this race, and it would be hard to enter at this late stage in the cycle. "I would clearly consider it only at that time".

Renacci made the announcement on Thursday morning, saying he felt it was important to be in a position that allowed him to advance "the President's agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America".

Joyce is not the only one who has expressed interest in Tressel challenging Brown, in large part because of the famed coach's name recognition.

The day after a Washington Examiner article stated Ohio Republicans wanted to see Tressel try for the Senate seat, he tweeted, "Appreciate so much the kind words regarding the US Senate campaign".

The Cleveland-area investment banker, a first-time candidate who has pledged to spend $5 million of his personal fortune on his campaign, already is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate. Vance, who recently moved back to OH from California, has been courted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Republicans in Washington, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, say they expect Renacci to opt for the Senate fray.

"I think that was somewhat strategic, because other people may be joining this race. He's far from ideal, but who else is there?"

Earlier this week I was asked to attend a meeting at the White House, at which I was asked to help protect the future of President Trump's agenda by entering Ohio's 2018 race for the United States Senate.

"He's been on the phone since Friday", Schrimpf said late Monday afternoon.

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.

Gibbons also has ed the National Republican Senate Committee and members of his campaign have been in touch with the Trump White House, Schrimpf said.

His campaign general consultant Mike Biundo said of the Renacci decision, "voters want a true outsider in the race and are exhausted of career politicians who are always interested in their next job".

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