The Hill Newspaper Reports Portman, Among McConnell’s ‘Closest Allies,’ Is In ‘Serious Danger’ Of Losing His Seat
COLUMBUS – The Hill newspaper reports that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is worried about his go-to guy, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. Despite millions spent by Portman and his dark money allies, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland continues to lead in the polls – leaving McConnell with good cause to worry about Portman’s seat, and his own job as Majority Leader.
In a story headlined ‘McConnell navigates Senate with eye on vulnerable allies,’ The Hill reports:
‘Two of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s closest allies, Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), are in serious danger of losing their seats, putting pressure on McConnell to get a deal in year-end budget talks. . . . .
‘McConnell cares about all his vulnerable colleagues, but the fates of Portman and Ayotte, trusted advisers, are top priorities.’
Portman supported the 2013 government shutdown and voted again to bring the government back to the brink at the end of September. Now reports say Portman’s top Washington boss is trying to save him from taking more terrible votes against Ohio in year-end budget negotiations. But Portman remains a key vote for bad trade agreements that ship Ohio jobs overseas, and a strong supporter of McConnell’s tax breaks for companies that outsource good-paying jobs.
“Maybe if Senator Portman and his Washington bosses had spent the last five years caring as much about Ohio jobs as they do about saving their own jobs now, Portman wouldn’t be in such danger of losing his seat,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Jennifer Donohue. “But nothing Portman’s Washington bosses can do in the next 13 months will erase the last 25 years Portman spent in Washington shipping Ohio jobs overseas and his five years in the Senate voting for corporations and special interests at the expense of Ohio students and seniors.”