OHIO 01 (R -- CHABOT) | OH-1

House Dems Hope to Topple Chabot

One challenger said he’s raised $150,000 so far and others could enter.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 2, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

Punishing generic ballots and a favorable political environment for Democrats “could make the Ohio race ‘a jump ball,’ said Jason Bresler, political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. ‘Chabot is a committee chairman, incredibly ingrained with (House Speaker) Paul Ryan. You don’t get much more establishment.’”

Rabbi Robert Barr (D) “says he’s raised more than $150,000 since announcing his campaign in mid-October. He doesn’t have to disclose his fundraising to the Federal Election Commission until January.”

“Several high-profile Cincinnati Democrats rebuffed pleas from party leaders to challenge Chabot. Among those approached to run was Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, who flew to Washington, D.C., last year to hear a pitch from the Democratic Caucus Campaign Committee. He weighed the idea briefly before saying no. … Others approached by the Democrats as potential challengers include a former ambassador and Navy SEAL, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, state Rep. Alicia Reece and Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval,” Tim Burke, Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman, said. “While none of them have filed against Chabot, there’s still time. The filing deadline is Feb. 7.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)


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