Countdown To Election Day: Congressman Renacci Drags His Campaign Into The Gutter, Then Goes Even Lower

October 24, 2018

Countdown to Election Day

As the clock winds down to Election Day, we’re taking a look back at the lowlights of Congressman Jim Renacci’s Senate bid – a campaign that’s been defined by embarrassing stories, despicable lows, and complaints from Republicans that Renacci never “even picked up the towel.”

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the despicable lows Congressman Renacci has dragged his campaign down to, and the widespread rebuke he’s received for it from newspapers across Ohio.

Continue following along over the next 13 days as we count down to the end of Congressman Renacci’s pathetic political career.


In a desperate, last-ditch attempt to boost his flailing campaign, Congressman Renacci has launched disgusting attacks against Sherrod and his family. His despicable campaign tactics swiftly earned him harsh criticism from outlets across the state.

Take a look:

Canton Repository Op-Ed: Attack ad means few lines left to cross

Even in this current political age, when the mold has been broken, trampled and scattered to the four winds, a new attack ad by a Republican PAC that dredges up Sen. Sherrod Brown’s 1986 divorce from Larke Recchie, the mother of his two adult daughters, stands out in its cynicism. …You don’t have to be a supporter of Sherrod Brown to understand how wrong it is to misuse the details of a 30-year-old divorce case in a campaign ad like so much cannon fodder.

Akron Beacon Journal: Editorial: Jim Renacci jumps into the muck

His embrace of this video besmirches his reputation. He has made a practice of disparaging the dark ways of Washington. In this case, he lacked the judgment to say he wanted no part of traveling along such a low road.

Canton Repository: Editorial: Anti-Brown ad taints race for Senate

The fact, however, that no one from the Renacci camp — from the candidate on down — distanced himself or herself from the scurrilous attack distresses us greatly and should distress even his staunchest supporters.

Columbus Dispatch: Editorial Endorsement: For US Senate: Keep Sherrod Brown working for Ohioans

…Renacci’s call for Brown to resign because of a domestic-abuse allegation from his 1987 divorce is especially repugnant. It’s bad enough that Renacci tries to ride #MeToo coattails from the decades-old divorce while ignoring the fact that Brown’s ex-wife has supported all his Senate bids. Making it worse is that Renacci gives Trump a pass for similar divorce allegations as well as multiple sexual-misconduct claims from other women.

Columbus Dispatch: Capitol Insider: Ohio GOP chief loose with ‘facts’ on Sherrod Brown

Brown’s former wife cut an ad for him in his first Senate campaign in 2006, and she and her current husband have held fundraisers for Brown in his 2012 and 2018 re-election campaigns. She labels the GOP’s current effort “disgusting” and said in a statement about Brown, “Anyone who suggests he is not an honorable man is just wrong.”

Cincinnati Enquirer PX column: Trump wannabe Jim Renacci effectively pulls the plug on weak U.S. Senate campaign

But by uncontrollably slinging around mud and poo and whatever else he could find in the gutter, Renacci effectively pulled the plug on a campaign that’s been on life support since Day 1. …With less than three weeks until Election Day, this was a Hail Mary pass thrown by a fifth-string JV quarterback. The ball didn’t even make it past the line-of-scrimmage. Game over.

Youngstown Vindicator Op-Ed: Renacci goes dumpster diving

It would be blasphemous to refer to Congressman James Renacci’s personal attack on U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as a political “Hail Mary” pass. There is nothing sanctifying about Republican Renacci resurrecting Democrat Brown’s 1986 divorce. Indeed, his ex-wife, Larke Recchie, had this to say about the Wadsworth lawmaker’s dumpster diving…

Akron Beacon Journal Editorial Endorsement: Sherrod Brown For The U.S. Senate

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci is challenging Brown. His campaign has struggled to gain speed, and found itself last week reduced to rehashing the Brown divorce of three decades ago. This episode reflects poorly on Renacci, as do his ties to Ben Suarez, the direct marketing operator convicted of witness tampering in relation to a campaign finance investigation involving contributions to Renacci’s congressional campaign.

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