White House encourages Jim Renacci to run for Senate, decision expected soon

White House encourages Jim Renacci to run for Senate, decision expected soon

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Thursday that he is ending his Republican race for OH governor to enter instead the GOP race for the U.S. Senate.

An opening for Mr. Renacci was created Friday when Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropped out of the race, saying he needs to devote attention to his wife's undisclosed illness.

But U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced his intentions Thursday after a meeting at the White House. Mandel's departure sent Republicans scrambling to find a big name to potentially take on U.S. Sen.

He would join a race in which Cleveland businessman Mike Gibbons has already been campaigning actively.

Messages left with Tressel and the YSU communications department were not returned Thursday. Such an important role. "Admire what our Senators do", Tressel said. "My job is to fight for jobs in the Mahoning Valley and I will continue to do that", Brown said. "Much accomplished. Much to do", Tressel posted on Twitter. Tressel renewed his contract last year at the university through June 2019 for $300,000 a year.

Renacci entered the race for governor in March of a year ago and while competitive in early fundraising numbers with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, it was money he had primarily lent to his campaign.


A spokesman for the Ohio GOP said the party had not been in touch with Tressel about a possible run and is committed to letting Republican primary voters select Brown's contender. I thank you sincerely for your support and please keep an eye out for news coming directly from our Senate campaign, which we are launching today.

"There has been speculation on him for a run for a long time". "If the president would call, I would consider it because I would need his help at this late part of the game ..."

Though just a month ago, Renacci announced he would bring on Cincinnati council member Amy Murray as a running mate for governor, in recent weeks Renacci reportedly was waiting for an invitation to switch races.

Still running for governor are Republicans Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, with at least a half dozen Democrats seeking nomination May 8.

Mr. Renacci, 59, a former mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio, now in his fourth term in Congress, said in his email that he spent most of his career in the business world and that he ran for Congress because "I was deeply concerned over the direction of our country and its lack of accountable leadership in Washington".

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