Having grown up on the cusp of poverty in western Pennsylvania, and later dedicated myself to raising a family and growing businesses across OH, entering the political arena was never part of the path that I envisioned for my life.
Renacci entered the race for governor in March of past year and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign. But after Mandel dropped out of the Senate race to focus on his wife's health, leaving only Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons in the field, many speculated that another Republican would enter. "If the president of the United States reaches out and s me and asks to me to jump in that race, I would consider it only at that point. I would clearly consider it only at that time".
Renacci is ending his gubernatorial campaign to launch a bid for the Republican nomination for Senate, he announced Thursday.
Renacci had announced his gubernatorial campaign last March, playing up his business credentials and touting himself as an outsider in the mold of President Donald Trump. In the wake of Mandel's exit, he committed to investing $5 million of his own money into his race.
Gibbons, a GOP donor and Trump supporter, said Thursday he's staying in the race. Gardner chairs the Republican Senate campaign committee. Vance, who recently moved back to OH from California, has been courted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Investment banker Mike Gibbons is a declared Republican for the seat. "So I think it'll be a spirited primary".
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Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jake Strassberger called Renacci "the poster boy of Washington Republicans who've spent their time in office betraying middle-class workers to make life easier on the wealthy and well connected".
Another GOP official in Washington said Renacci would "do it if he got assurances from Trump and the White House that he is their guy".
Still, there remains another possible entry into the race in the person of "Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance who met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen.
Schrimpf said Gibbons has been working hard to cement his place in the field.
Renacci made his decision after a Wednesday morning meeting at the White House.
Tressel took to Twitter to say that he was appreciative of the acknowledgment, but that he will remain president at Youngstown State University.