Rob Portman's Senate seat attracts two Trump-aligned candidates so far
In the 2022 race to fill Ohio GOP Senator Rob Portman's seat, there are so far two major entrants who are rushing to claim the Trump mantle. Mandel, who has run for Senate twice before, prominently featured Mr. Trump in his campaign announcement. "Watching this sham and unconstitutional impeachment has made my blood boil and motivated me to run for U.S. Senate," Mandel said in a statement announcing his candidacy. Gonzalez was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump. Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan, who is considering a run for the Senate seat, sent a fundraising email after Timken's announcement, attacking her as "Trump's hand-picked Ohio Republican Party Chair."cbsnews.com
GOP's Josh Mandel joins race for open Senate seat in Ohio
FILEIn this file photo from Oct. 6, 2020, Jane Timken, the Chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party, speaks at the Hamilton County Board of Elections during early voting in Norwood, Ohio. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)COLUMBUS, Ohio – Republican Josh Mandel, a Marine veteran and former state treasurer, says he will make a third run for the U.S. Senate in Ohio, taking a pro-Trump message in a bid for the seat being vacated by the GOP’s Rob Portman. AdMandel abruptly abandoned his last Senate campaign in January 2018, citing unspecified health issues being experienced by his then-wife, Ilana. He personally backed her takeover of the state party four years ago from a state chair allied with then-Gov. He has about $4.3 million remaining in his Senate campaign account, and about $500,000 in a leadership PAC.
GOP's Rep. Jim Jordan won't seek Portman's US Senate seat
Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks to members of the media outside a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Portman said Monday, Jan. 25 that he won't seek reelection and plans to end a career in federal government spanning more than three decades. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)CINCINNATI – Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a fiery Donald Trump supporter, won't run to succeed Ohio Sen. The former star college wrestler's style doesn't reflect that of Portman, a career establishment Republican with a reputation for bipartisanship. AdTrump rewarded Jordan, 56, for his steady support by giving him the Presidential Medal of Freedom before leaving office this month.