As Intel’s CEO Pleads With Mitch McConnell To Stop Blocking Ohio Jobs, J.D. Vance And Mike DeWine Do Nothing
July 13, 2022
Intel CEO: “We’ve Made Super Clear To McConnell, To The Democrats, To The Republicans, That If This Doesn’t Pass, I Will Change My Plans.”
Columbus, OH – Intel’s CEO implored Mitch McConnell to stop blocking Ohio jobs and pass the CHIPS Act – but Mike DeWine and J.D. Vance can’t lift a finger to stand up to McConnell and create 3,000 jobs in Licking County.
In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, Intel’s CEO Pat Gelsinger pleaded for Congress to pass CHIPS – and called out McConnell by name for blocking 3,000 Ohio jobs. He said, “We’ve made super clear to McConnell, to the Democrats, to the Republicans, that if this doesn’t pass, I will change my plans. The Europeans have moved forward very aggressively and they’re ready to give us the incentives that allow us to move forward, without limitations, putting Euros in our bank.”
That message should be a wake-up call to Mike DeWine and J.D. Vance – if they cared about putting Ohio jobs first. Instead, Mike DeWine is campaigning on the Intel project, but refuses to take on McConnell for standing in the way of its groundbreaking. And J.D. Vance blamed “do-nothing leadership” and a “leftist wishlist,” while refusing to mention McConnell by name after he single-handedly blew up bipartisan negotiations in order to prevent Democrats from lowering prescription drug costs for working families.
It’s a new tune for J.D. Vance who spent the GOP primary bragging about how he was the only candidate who would criticize McConnell when it suited him. Now that Vance needs McConnell’s deep-pocketed allies, he is silent as McConnell threatens 3,000 Ohio jobs.
“Instead of treating Mitch McConnell threatening 3,000 Ohio jobs like the emergency it is, J.D. Vance and Mike DeWine have done nothing to stand up to McConnell since it isn’t an easy photo op for them. If Intel scraps its plans and sets up shop overseas as a result of Mitch McConnell’s hostage-taking, the blame will lay squarely at the feet of cowards like Mike DeWine and J.D. Vance who have covered for McConnell at the expense of Ohio workers,” said Michael Beyer, a spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.