Ohio Republicans Feel the Pressure as NRSC Chair Backs Donald Trump
April 25, 2023
Yesterday, Steve Daines – chair of the NRSC, Senate Republicans’ campaign arm – officially endorsed Donald Trump’s bid for President. With another high-profile Republican backing Trump, Republicans in the already messy and divisive Ohio Senate primary are facing another fault line.
Frank LaRose, who has been called out for running a “shadow campaign” for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat and said just days ago he’s been “staying in close touch” with Daines, has stayed silent on the former President’s bid. Earlier this month, both LaRose and Matt Dolan appeared alongside Trump-nemesis Ron DeSantis at events across Ohio.
LaRose and Dolan’s lack of support has not gone unnoticed by Bernie Moreno, who has already slammed Dolan for being “Democrat-light” and said anyone who refuses to support the former President should be “disqualified.”
“Republicans running for Ohio’s Senate seat are scrambling over one another and throwing jabs left and right to earn their conservative bona fides,” said ODP spokesperson Reeves Oyster. “It’s only going to get messier from here as this primary heats up and the field is forced to battle for Trump’s endorsement.”