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Trump Stumps for Renacci at Official Cleveland Events

Mike Gibbons sued his primary opponent for defamation.

May 7, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

President Trump “used a [Cleveland] roundtable on taxes Saturday to campaign for” Rep. Jim Renacci (R) “and to assail undocumented immigrants for taking advantage of U.S. laws he derided as weak.” Trump: “We need your vote, we need your help, so go out and help Jim. Get it done.”

Trump also said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) “‘does not think the way we think’ on immigration, health care and other issues. And he warned Ohioans not to think of Brown as an independent voice, but rather as part of ‘a block’ of Democrats in Washington.” (Washington Post)

A fundraising email from Trump “over the weekend raised $50k online from nearly 1,000 donors by Sunday afternoon.” (BuzzFeed)

“Renacci, who for months was angling for a Trump endorsement while he was running for governor, said in an interview … following the roundtable that the president’s kind words for him further solidified he was the true pro-Trump candidate.” (cleveland.com)

“Renacci is cloaking himself in the Trump aura, hoping that he can replicate the success that Mr. Trump found in this state in the 2016 presidential election. But it is a cloak that may rest uncomfortably on the shoulders of an affluent, soft-spoken businessman cut far more from the mold of the old Republican Party than Mr. Trump’s new one.” (New York Times)

J’ACCUSE! Investment banker Mike Gibbons (R) “on Friday filed a lawsuit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court that alleges … Renacci … lied about him in … ads [that] falsely describe Gibbons as ‘liberal’ and ‘anti-Trump,’ incorrectly claim he ‘donated to efforts to attack and defeat Donald Trump,’ … wrongly said that ‘Gibbons himself admits he’s no conservative, describing himself as ideologically flexible,’” and that “Gibbons has told people he’s ‘personally pro-life, but would vote pro-choice in Washington.’” (cleveland.com)

ALL ABOARD. Tea Party Express endorsed Gibbons. (release)

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