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Renacci Launches Governor Bid

The mayor of Cincinnati is expected to back Nan Whaley.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 20, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

Rep. Jim Ren­acci (R) “entered the 2018 race for gov­ernor Monday and quickly signaled he will brand him­self as an Ohio ver­sion of Don­ald Trump. The Wadsworth Re­pub­lic­an’s new web­site — OhioFirst.com — that mim­ics the ‘Amer­ica First’ pitch Trump made in his suc­cess­ful pres­id­en­tial bid last year.”

“‘Give me a choice between a name and some­body’s who’s got­ten the job done, I’ll take the guy that gets the job done,’ says a man who ap­pears in the Ren­acci cam­paign’s in­tro­duct­ory video, which also fea­tures Ren­acci rid­ing a mo­tor­cycle. The ‘name’ line could ap­ply to three bet­ter-es­tab­lished Re­pub­lic­ans who also are angling to suc­ceed term-lim­ited Gov. John Kasich (R) next year.” (clev­e­land.com)

“A new su­per PAC called Ohio First has formed to sup­port … Ren­acci’s … bid.” (Is­sue One)

ALL (C)IN(CIN­NATI). Dayton May­or Nan Whaley (D) “is ex­pec­ted to an­nounce any day now. … Whaley is likely to have an ally in” Cin­cin­nati May­or John Cran­ley (D). “Cran­ley and Whaley are good friends and polit­ic­al al­lies. People close to Cran­ley tell WVXU that there is no doubt that Cran­ley – who had been men­tioned as a po­ten­tial gubernat­ori­al can­did­ate him­self - will en­dorse her if she runs.” (WVXU)

MARK YOUR CAL­EN­DARS. “In what will be the first of­fi­cial event to fea­ture Ohio Demo­crats’ an­nounced can­did­ates for gov­ernor, the Ohio Demo­crat­ic Party will hold its 2017 Leg­acy Din­ner … on … April 22, at the Ohio Expo Cen­ter in Colum­bus.” (re­lease)

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