Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Renacci urged by Trump White House to run for Senate

Renacci urged by Trump White House to run for Senate

An investor popular with Republican donors, Vance had talked about a possible run with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of neighboring Kentucky, but McConnell and his allies saw Renacci as more tested.

Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel is being floated as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

An avid supporter of President Trump, Renacci said a White House meeting on Wednesday was the turning point in his decision.

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.

Should Renacci enter the Senate race, he would face a primary with Cleveland-area businessman Mike Gibbons.

Mr. Renacci, 59, who is a former mayor of Wadsworth, has been highlighting his support of President Trump as a gubernatorial candidate, and a spokesman said earlier this week that he would switch his candidacy to the Senate if urged to do so by President Trump.

Renacci urged by Trump White House to run for Senate
Renacci urged by Trump White House to run for Senate

I've met Mike Gibbons and know that he has the right team to defeat Sherrod Brown.

He said his running mate candidate, Amy Murray of Cincinnati, would serve as his statewide campaign chairman.

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. Renacci said he wants to provide an alternative to the "far left, career politician Sherrod Brown".

Mike Biundo, a consultant for Gibbons, said Gibbons was committed to the race and had done more to support Trump than any other potential candidate. "He brings nothing to the table but a record of giving away tax breaks to multi-millionaires like himself, while making OH families pay more for their healthcare and empowering corporations to send good OH jobs overseas", Strassberger said.

Renacci, who has represented OH in Congress since 2011, would have the president's support in a state Trump won in 2016 by 8 percentage points. Renacci is listed as the 41st richest member of Congress.

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