EMILY’s List endorsed former state Rep. Connie Pillich (D) on Tuesday.
EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock: “Connie Pillich is an experienced and passionate leader who has taken on tough challenges and produced results. Throughout her time as an Air Force captain, a public defender, and a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, she has shown an ability to bring people together to make a difference. That’s precisely what Ohio working families need after eight years of divisive Republican politics.” (release)
ROE YOUR BOAT. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) hired “hired as its general consultant Jeff Roe, whose Kansas City-based firm managed Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) 2016 presidential campaign. Roe’s Axiom Strategies had managed Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s U.S. Senate campaign before Mandel unexpectedly dropped out last month. … Roe should be able to use his firm’s research on the Ohio electorate, and give Taylor a chance to tap into national donor networks.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
NEW ADDITION. Former CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s (D) campaign announced that Michael Halle will be joining as campaign manager. Luke Blocher, who was serving as interim campaign manager, will be staying on as a senior adviser. (release)
KEY UPDATES. Taylor and Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) attended President Trump’s speech on the tax code overhaul. (release)
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) and Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) attended President Trump’s Cincinnati-area speech on the tax code overhaul. (release)
The Defiance and Knox County Republican Parties endorsed state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on Monday. (release)
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