A Convicted Felon Is Launching A Campaign To Help Jim Renacci. When Will Renacci Speak Out?

June 22, 2018

COLUMBUS — The Associated Press revealed this week that Benjamin Suarez, who served time in prison following a shady campaign finance scheme involving Congressman Jim Renacci, is launching an investigation, lawsuit, and ad campaign targeting Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown and Democratic Attorney General candidate Steve Dettelbach.

Suarez confirmed the reports to Cleveland.com, saying he’d be launching a “pretty substantial” ad campaign “statewide on TV, newspapers, on radio and online.” He’s also soliciting political dirt on Senator Brown, offering $100,000 to people who give him information, and Suarez said that “he’s already gotten responses to his solicitation.”

Yet, as Suarez continues to make his intentions clear, Congressman Jim Renacci has stayed silent, refusing to condemn Suarez’s retaliatory campaign, even though Steve Dettelbach’s opponent, Dave Yost, immediately called it “nonsense” that “needs to stop.”

“This is no longer a hypothetical situation – a convicted felon is seeking political dirt and launching a paid media campaign to help Congressman Jim Renacci’s Senate campaign,” said Lara Sisselman, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party. “Congressman Renacci needs to think about something other than himself for once, and step up to condemn Benjamin Suarez.”

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