ICYMI: Mike DeWine Does His Best Ted Cruz Impression

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

DeWine Tells Youngstown Vindicator He’ll Blindly Endorse Any GOP Candidate for Senate – Even Those Who Attacked Him 


Columbus, OH — In case you missed it, Mike DeWine is flailing so badly within his own party that he’s willing to lay down and blindly endorse any single Republican running for Senate – even those who continue to attack him. Echoing Ted Cruz putting his arms around Donald Trump after Trump brutally attacked him and his family, DeWine is doing anything he can to suck up to these Senate candidates and win back support from Republicans, who are increasingly running away from DeWine and putting his primary campaign in even more danger.

As a reminder that Mike DeWine is no moderate and will do anything to advance his own political interests, the candidates that DeWine is enthusiastic about endorsing have attacked Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, called rape “inconvenient,” and have said the January 6 terrorist attack was “blown out of proportion.”

And almost every single Republican candidate in the GOP Senate primary has gone after DeWine, from Josh Mandel calling DeWine “RINO DeWine” and a “squishy Republican governor” to Bernie Moreno calling out the rest of the Senate field for not criticizing DeWine early enough. Yet, DeWine is willing to risk his entire reputation and the reputation of the state of Ohio just to have a shot at reelection.

“Mike DeWine is so desperate to try and remain relevant in the GOP primary that he’s willing to bear hug extreme candidates who seem to find new ways to embarrass our state every single day. By promising to endorse whichever candidate comes out of the nastiest GOP primary in the country, DeWine is endorsing Josh Mandel’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen, J.D. Vance’s comments about rape being ‘inconvienent’ and Jane Timken’s attempts to downplay the Jan. 6th terrorist attack. It’s a sad final act of a desperate politician trying to remain relevant after 40 years in office,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.

Read more here and below:

  • Gov. Mike DeWine will back the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate ­even if it’s someone who has harshly criticized him.

  • Some of the Republican candidates for Senate —­ particularly ex-state Treasurer Josh Mandel, the current frontrunner ­— have been openly critical of DeWine, a fellow Republican, primarily because of the restrictions he put in place early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • DeWine said he’d have no issue sharing a campaign rally stage and supporting the winner of the Republican primary for Senate even if that person opposes his re-election bid.