What You Missed This Week in #OHSEN: RINOs and Ethics Troubles and Country Club Republicans – Oh My!
April 7, 2023
Columbus, OH — If you missed last cycle’s weekly newsletter on #OHSEN shenanigans then you’re in luck – we’re back! Here’s what you might have missed this week in what is already shaping up to be one of the messiest, most chaotic primaries in the country.
BERNIE THROWS PUNCHES AND POTENTIALLY SETS A DATE TO OFFICIALLY ENTER THE RING.
Remember Bernie’s op-ed that said candidates who refuse to support Donald Trump should be “disqualified?” Us too. But Bernie isn’t just focused on Matt “One Person in the Race I Won’t Be Endorsing” Dolan – Frank LaRose is also feeling the hate.
BERNIE MORENO: “Maybe Frank LaRose decides that being Secretary of State isn’t that big of a deal… We just elected you for a job. Like, why are you looking for another one? It’s crazy. Do you not like that job? Right? Then you probably should have told us before the election.”
And there’s more…
MEANWHILE, LAROSE IS FACING NEW ETHICAL AND LEGAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS SHADOW CAMPAIGN FOR OHIO’S SENATE SEAT.
New reporting by The Daily Beast finds LaRose “repeatedly admitted that he’s actively raising money—including into a super PAC” for a potential U.S. Senate campaign but has failed to file with the FEC – “possibly trigger[ing] campaign finance regulations.”
Candidates are strictly prohibited from coordinating with super PACs and the FEC requires any individual to file candidacy when they raise or spend more than $5,000.
DON’T WORRY – LAROSE’S ETHICS TROUBLES AREN’T STOPPING HIM FROM NEEDLING HIS OPPONENTS.
FRANK LAROSE: “Well I think that Ohio needs somebody that actually has experience, somebody that’s battle tested, who’s won campaigns, who knows how to raise money, and who has deep relationships really in every part of the state. I obviously have those things…”
AND WE’RE STILL WONDERING – AFTER “RUSH[ING] TO TRUMP’S DEFENSE” JUST LAST WEEK, WILL THE #OHSEN FIELD STAND BY HIS CALLS TO DEFUND THE POLICE?
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Spectrum News’ Curtis Jackson on the Republican primary field: “We’re a long way from the guy or gal you want to have a beer with. We’re talking about people that are…these so-called country club Republicans.”