Cleveland GOP donor Mike Gibbons announces bid for U.S. Senate: Ohio Politics Roundup – cleveland.com
Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland-area businessman and wealthy Republican political donor, announced he’s running for U.S. Senate in 2018. He’ll face off against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in the primary.
Read more in today’s Ohio Politics Roundup.
Ohio’s Senate race: Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel will face at least one primary challenger in the 2018 Ohio U.S. Senate race: Mike Gibbons.
The Cleveland-area businessman and wealthy Republican political donor announced Wednesday that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate held by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, cleveland.com reporter Andrew J. Tobias writes.
“Gibbons, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican political causes but never sought elected office before, said he is concerned about the rising costs of healthcare, and the U.S.’s complicated tax code,” Tobias writes.
“All of my friends think I’m crazy,” Gibbons, 64, said in a phone interview. “I’m largely running because I have five kids and five grandkids, and I don’t like their prospects and the way things are going.”
“Mandel, 39, announced his candidacy in December, and has landed endorsements from a number of key Republicans, including Ohio’s other U.S. Senator, Republican Rob Portman, who last week recorded a video encouraging Republicans to unite around Mandel nearly a year before the 2018 primary,” Tobias writes.
“However, some Ohio Republicans have expressed dissatisfaction with Mandel, who unsuccessfully ran against Brown in 2012. Columbus-area U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, who earlier this month opted not to jump in the race despite raising millions of dollars in preparation for a run, in comments to the Columbus Dispatch referred to Mandel’s “baggage” from the 2012 election, and Gov. John Kasich pointedly has not said whether he will support Mandel,” Tobias writes. “This dynamic has led some to search for another candidate to challenge Mandel — last week, BuzzFeed News reported some Ohio Republican operatives and donors were trying to recruit J.D. Vance, the “Hillbilly Elegy” author who has been making the rounds in county Republican dinners this year.”
In other Ohio 2018 news: Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has endorsed Republican Rep. Dorothy Pelanda for Ohio Secretary of State, Columbus Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel writes on Twitter.
She’s facing Republican state Sen. Frank LaRose in the GOP primary.
Pelanda stepped down from the GOP Ohio House leadership to run for secretary of state. Rep. Bill Seitz replaced her as majority floor leader, Siegel wrote on Twitter.
Boehner backtracks: Former U.S. House Speaker and Ohio lawmaker John Boehner backpedaled from comments he made last week, when he called President Donald Trump’s term a “compete disaster” aside from foreign policy, Politico reports.
“Let me address this because some people have gotten carried away in their interpretation of what I said,” Boehner said Wednesday during a forum in Colorado. “Listen, Donald Trump is my friend. He was my supporter. I play golf with him and frankly I like the president. I voted for him. I want him and frankly I want the country to succeed. But I’ve seen some people write — I think they’ve gotten a little carried away in their interpretation of what I said. I did not say that the president’s policies were a disaster. I did not say that the president’s agenda was a disaster. What I was referring to was the execution of the president’s agenda and the president’s policies. And frankly I think there have been a number of missteps, unforced errors that the president has made and I think the White House would agree that they’ve had their share of mistakes as the president learns to be the president.”
Pain pill crisis: “Ohio is suing five drug companies for flooding the state with prescription painkillers that gave rise to the state’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis,” cleveland.com reporter Jackie Borchardt writes. “Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the lawsuit during a Wednesday news conference. Ohio is the second state to sue drug manufacturers, following Mississippi.”
“This lawsuit is about justice, it’s about fairness. It’s about what is right,” DeWine — a Republican who’s running for Ohio governor in 2018 — said during a news conference. “It is just and it is right that the people who played a significant role in creating this mess in the state of Ohio should pay to clean it up.”
Democrats were quick to note that they had suggested such action years ago, and they blasted DeWine’s action as too little too late.
Here’s what you should know about the lawsuit.
“The state is suing: Purdue Pharma, Endo Health Solutions, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and subsidiary Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Allergan, formerly known as Actavis.
“Between 2011 and 2015, more than 3.8 billion doses of opioid medication were prescribed in Ohio, Borchardt writes. “The complaint alleges the companies overstated the benefits and understated the risks of opioid use, and used brochures and seemingly unrelated third parties and front groups to push information contrary to scientific evidence.”
Is Joe a go? Former Vice President Joe Biden today is expected to unveil a political action committee called American Possibilities, “the most concrete sign yet that he intends to remain active in the Democratic Party and is considering a presidential bid in 2020,” The New York Times reports. And the man he has chosen to help lead the effort will sound familiar to Ohioans: Greg Schultz, who directed the Obama-Biden re-election campaign in Ohio. The Ohio State grad also chaired the Franklin County Democratic Party and was an adviser to former Gov. Ted Strickland.
Stopping fraud: A new bill introduced in the Ohio Senate would “would require that bank employees, accountants, real estate brokers, and financial advisors who suspect elderly fraud to report it to adult protective services,” The Dispatch’s Siegel writes.
“Joel Potts, executive director of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association, called the bill a reasonable approach that should help detect fraud before it becomes a problem,” Siegel writes.
“Usually we find out way too late, and there’s just not a lot we can do,” Potts said.
T-shirts and campaigns: Fresh Brewed Tees founder Tony Madalone, 32, is running for Cleveland mayor. The entrepreneur started as a college student selling T-shirts on eBay. He grew the business into a successful T-shirt company, with brick-and-mortar stores and licenses with professional sports franchises, cleveland.com reporter Robert Higgs writes.
His business and marketing smarts seem to translate well to politics.
“One look at his online campaign presence and you’ll see slickly produced videos offering testimonials from supporters – business leaders, a pastor, entertainers and sports figures — and statements on issues,” Higgs writes.
“The mindset in the region and with our current administration is that mediocrity is OK, that it’s OK to be average,” he told WKYC. “That’s not how I live. That’s not how the people around me live.”
“If Madalone can collect the signatures to get on the ballot – he’ll need 3,000 from registered Cleveland voters – he brings to the campaign a background of marketing savvy and connections to people prominent in popular culture,” Higgs writes.
Official: Brandon Chrostowski, founder of Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, an East Side restaurant that helps ex-inmates learn a trade, is moving forward with plans to run for Cleveland mayor, cleveland.com’s Higgs writes.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections accepted more than 3,400 valid signatures on Chrostowski’s nominating petitions for Cleveland mayor.
“This should put everyone on notice that I have no intention of going away quietly,” Chrostowski said in a statement. “I’m excited to offer Clevelanders something new for a change; a mayor who truly represents the interests of the residents.”
“Chrostowski joins Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson as the only two candidates who have submitted their petitions to get on the ballot and had signatures validated,” Higgs writes.
“There are many more candidates out there, though,” Higgs writes.
Mayor Frank Jackson has said he wants to run for a fourth term. Madalone has said he’s running. And more than a dozen other candidate have taken out candidacy petitions.
Kasich in Japan: Ohio Gov. John Kasich is traveling to Japan this week, where he’s expected to meet with Honda executives, Columbus Dispatch reporter Darrell Rowland reports.
“Encouraging more overseas investment in Ohio has been a priority as we look to diversify and build upon the nearly 460,000 new jobs that have been created here over the past six years,” said Kasich’s press secretary, Emmalee Kalmbach. “JobsOhio has attracted significant investment from the Asian market and has asked the governor to go to Japan to help pursue additional business development opportunities.”
Paris Accord: The United States could withdraw from the Paris climate Accord, according to the Associated Press.
The 2015 agreement worked to combat climate change — nearly 200 nations signed the pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Purely from a science stand-point, pulling out of the Paris Agreement means enormous set backs for the fight against climate change, and combating global warming,” cleveland.com meteorologist Kelly Reardon writes.
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