“Not A Registered Republican,” “Terrible Tax Records” And “Forget All Their Nonsense:” How Republican #OHSEN Candidates Spent The Week Attacking Each Other
April 15, 2022
April 15, 2022
Happy Friday, and welcome to “Buckeye Brawl,” a weekly newsletter from the Ohio Democratic Party highlighting the nasty, chaotic and expensive Republican primary for Senate. This out-of-control primary is making conservatives “deeply worried” about the prospects of Republicans losing this seat.
As the Republican Senate primary continues to sink lower and lower, these GOP candidates are injecting even more nasty personal attacks, more chaos and more money into this race. We’re here to help you keep track of all of it.
“Ohio’s crowded Republican Senate primary is one of the most incendiary and expensive in the country.” –Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser, 4/15/22
There was a lot of chaos this week, so here’s what you may have missed:
NOT A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN. In response to a report that Trump is considering endorsing J.D. Vance, the other Ohio GOP candidates and their allies have sprung into attack mode – creating even more nasty infighting. A group of GOP activists sent a letter to Trump begging him to reconsider. The letter revisits Vance’s extensive anti-Trump comments – calling Trump “another opioid,” “noxious,” and saying his policy proposals range from “immoral to absurd” – while also opening up a new line of attack: “Importantly, JD Vance is not a registered Republican. To have someone who has not voted in a Republican primary carrying the mantel for the party is troubling.” Wherever Trump goes, there’s only going to be more nasty infighting and chaos to follow!
TERRIBLE TAX RECORDS. After comments surfaced of Gibbons saying the middle class doesn’t pay enough in taxes (easy for a millionaire like Gibbons to say!), Gibbons put out an ad attacking Vance and Timken for supporting tax hikes, saying, “J.D. Vance called for higher taxes and Jane Timken bankrolled tax-raising politicians.” When there’s mudslinging, no one comes out clean. And every day, the out-of-touch GOP millionaires running for U.S. Senate do their best to make this primary as nasty as possible.
HANDPICKED BY MITCH MCCONNELL. On “Always Right With Bob Frantz,” Mike Gibbons went after Silicon Valley Vance for being handpicked to run for U.S. Senate by Mitch McConnell. Granted in 2018, Vance would have still been a D.C. resident and would have had to give up his cushy Big Tech lifestyle to take on a popular sitting senator and risk being revealed for the phony he is. The knives are out!
FORGET ALL THEIR NONSENSE. Matt Dolan, presumably feeling left out of all the infighting happening without him, made one last bid for relevance by lambasting the entire field. In a new ad, Dolan says, “My opponents are focused on name-calling instead of results. They attack and insult each other. Even had a near fistfight. So forget all their nonsense.” Apparently RINO Matt is taking a page from the Michelle Obama “When they go low, we go high” playbook.
Thanks for reading along – that’s all for the Buckeye Brawl this week. If you have questions, my email is [email protected]. Have a great weekend!