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.
White House officials are encouraging U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to run for Senate after a Wednesday meeting in Washington, D.C., with Renacci expected to announce Thursday morning, according to multiple sources.
He said Gibbons will stay in the race no matter what - and he'll remain the outsider.
"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. While my strong distaste for Washington and the political establishment is as fervent as ever, so too is my commitment to advancing the President's agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) because of a health issue with his wife.
Conservative leaders immediately started encouraging Renacci to get into the Senate race, but the four-term congressman said he'd consider it only if Trump asked him.
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. Vance, who recently moved back to OH from California, has been courted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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. Gibbons contributed $100,000 to Trump-related groups and he served finance co-chair for Trump's OH campaign, said Chris Schrimpf. Renacci is listed as the 41st richest member of Congress. "It's not that the state's not important but without straightening out this country we're going to have some serious issues", Renacci said of the message from the White House. "The last thing the voters in OH want is another opportunistic career politician who's only looking to jump from one office to the next - and Jim Renacci can't even decide what office he wants to jump to".
I've met Mike Gibbons and know that he has the right team to defeat Sherrod Brown.
Mr. Renacci leaves the Republican race for governor to Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and their running mates.