California Vance Is Struggling To Unite The Ohio GOP

For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2022

Columbus, OH — California Vance is limping into the general election and struggling to unite the Ohio GOP – he himself even admitted just how unlikable he is.

On the Mark Blazor Show last week, Vance said, “there are a lot of Republican voters with hurt feelings about the primary results.” And he’s right – which is why he admitted he’s got his work cut out for him when it comes to earning the support of Ohio Republicans. Silicon Valley Vance, knowing just how unlikable he is, went on to say he would start his pitch to Ohio voters by saying, “I might not have been your favorite candidate…” Ouch.

One pastor and Josh Mandel supporter took to Facebook to share his disappointment that Vance is the GOP nominee, saying, “The fall out from this will be felt for years to come. Some who think they won actual[sic] lost in winning. Some who lost actually won in losing.”

And the troubles uniting the Ohio GOP for Vance don’t end there. On the Dan Rivers Show, Vance said he’s talked to Josh Mandel, Jane Timken and Matt Dolan since winning the primary – yet he’s been playing phone tag with Mike Gibbons, his most vocal critic throughout primary season. Here’s just a taste of what Gibbons had to say about California Vance:

  • Gibbons told The Vindicator that Vance is “backed by a big-tech guy from the West Coast and he put $13.5 million into his campaign.” He also said “If somebody can move in from out of state and with outside of the state money come into this state with really abandoning it until it was time to run for the U.S. Senate and the state elects that individual then I feel sorry for the voters in this state. I don’t think the voters of this state are going to be duped into that.”

  • Gibbons told the New York Times that Trump’s endorsement of Vance shocked him, that Vance was someone who “flew in from the West Coast,” and that, “Ohioans should be insulted” by the whole affair.

“After a primary defined by vicious personal attacks and a race to the bottom that embarrassed Ohio on the national stage, the Ohio GOP is stumbling into the general election trying to cobble together support behind California Vance. As it turns out, it’s hard to unite Ohioans behind an elitist who freely admitted he feels ‘out of place’ in Ohio and cashed in on Ohioans’ pain with a Netflix Hollywood movie deal,” said Michael Beyer, a spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.