Josh Mandel withdrew nearly a week ago, and today we begin seeing the fallout from that decision as Jim Renacci has halted his DOA run for governor, moving his efforts to a Senate campaign.
The noteworthy thing about the decision? Renacci says it came at the personal request of Donald Trump, writing to supporters:
“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”
Renacci is worth somewhere between $35 and $100 million (as of 2010), making him one of the wealthiest members of Congress. A Senate race between Brown and Renacci would provide a stark contrast, with Brown the populist, and Renacci the wealthy businessman and Trump acolyte.
If JD Vance ends up jumping into the race, we will see a familiar dynamic play out in Ohio that has played out in other races nationwide, with a moderate conservative (Vance) facing off against a Trump-like figure with nationalist tendencies (Renacci).
Renacci went viral last October for this video clip, where by the end Renacci was claiming the stock market had gone down from 2010 to 2017 (it had actually gone up something like 176%):
Forgotten in all this is Cleveland business man Mike Gibbons. He is self financing a run for the Republican nomination and nobody seems to care.