Countdown To Election Day: Congressman Renacci Is A Washington Insider, And Everyone Knows It
October 19, 2018
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 looking at the countless times Congressman Renacci’s claims of being a political outsider were called out and laughed at for their blatant falsehood.
Continue following along over the next 18 days as we count down to the end of Congressman Renacci’s pathetic political career.
Since entering the Senate race, Congressman Jim Renacci has been desperate to portray himself as a political outsider. Unfortunately for Renacci, a former registered lobbyist who has spent almost a decade in Washington, everyone has called it out for the false political posturing it is.
Just a few of those times:
- Just days after Congressman Renacci launched his Senate bid, the Findlay Courier called him “a political insider.”
- A column in the Cincinnati Enquirer about Renacci’s switch to the Senate race flatly declared that “Renacci isn’t a political outsider…It’s difficult to call anyone an ‘outsider’ after he has spent seven years in Washington and wants to be there at least another six.”
- The Toledo Blade said of Renacci’s entry into the Senate race that “switching because it looked like an easier race made him look like the career politicians he said he deplored.”
- The Columbus Dispatch slammed Renacci for attempting to portray himself as an outsider in a campaign ad, saying “…it’s disingenuous for Renacci, who has served in Congress since 2011, to imply that he’s a political newcomer. He’s been serving in public office at least since 1999, when he served on the Wadsworth City Council. And given his decision to jump from the gubernatorial race to the Senate campaign when GOP state Treasurer Josh Mandel dropped his Senate bid, he may not have started out a career politician, but politics appears to be his career now.”
- After it was revealed that Congressman Renacci was a registered lobbyist while serving in Congress, a discussion between Mike Thompson of WOSU and Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press highlighted the absurdity of Renacci trying to say he’s an outsider:
Julie Carr Smyth: It’s a weird case because he was both a lobbyist and a candidate, and then a Congressman.But he did not report on those forms about $50,000 that he had given…
Mike Thompson: This gets into the bigger issue is all these candidates want to run as outsiders, when they really haven’t been outsiders…I mean Jim Renacci, “I’m the outsider, but I was lobbying, then I’m a Congressman.” It’s just, it’s crazy.
Carr Smyth: Right, and I mean prior to that I think that Renacci was, you know, he was Wadsworth mayor, he was on a city council.
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