After the departure of OH treasurer Josh Mandel from the U.S. Senate primary, Rep. Jim Renacci announced Thursday that he would launch his own bid for Congress.
"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.
Mr. Renacci leaves the Republican race for governor to Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and their running mates.
"He wants to change Washington", Renacci said of President Trump while appearing on WHK-AM 1420.
That left Cleveland banker Mike Gibbons temporarily as the leading GOP candidate in a race likely to be pivotal to Democratic hopes of winning a Senate majority.
Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across OH, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.
"I really believe I need to put country first and answer the call to action to serve our nation and come back and try and fight for the Trump agenda and try and get things done in the Senate", Renacci said.
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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.
If Trump did commit to supporting Renacci in the Senate race, the president presumably could help the multi-millionaire businessman raise money for what would be a tough race to unseat Brown.
Ahead of Renacci's announcement, Gibbons' campaign said he "remains committed to the race".
"Rep. Jim Renacci is the posterboy of Washington Republicans who've spent their time in office betraying middle-class workers to make life easier on the wealthy and well-connected. He's obviously a great campaigner because you've got to work hard to recruit young talent against everybody else", Joyce said. 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.
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. It is time for all conservatives to rally around conservative, outsider Mike Gibbons.
"Putting up a member of Congress against a sitting senator is just putting two politicians up against each other", Schrimpf said.