Countdown To Election Day: Congressman Renacci's Stunt Term Limit Pledge
October 25, 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 back at the term limit pledge Congressman Renacci signed back in July that was immediately seen for the political stunt it was.
Continue following along over the next 12 days as we count down to the end of Congressman Renacci’s pathetic political career.
In July, Congressman Renacci signed a term limit pledge to try to provide a much-needed boost to his flailing campaign. Instead of helping his campaign, the pledge was roundly mocked – both because Renacci had previously opposed term limits and because as a four-term Congressman, Renacci was immediately in violation of the pledge he had signed.
Here’s what everyone had to say about Congressman Renacci’s desperate stunt:
National Journal’s Hotline
Hasn't he already served more than three House terms? This is silly.— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) July 11, 2018
Jim Swift, Weekly Standard
Coincidentally, I pledged a long time ago that I, too, would not serve more than two terms in the US Senate.— Scott Wartman (@ScottWartman) July 10, 2018
Scott Wartman, Cincinnati Enquirer
Term limits are not what this election is about. Term limits are not what any election we know of is about. …As for Renacci, maybe he had better start talking to those Trump voters a little less about term limits and a little more about their lives.
But the term-limit pledge is a common page in the playbook of Republicans running against Brown.
…Renacci previously opposed term limits as recently as 2014.
Renacci, a Republican from Wadsworth, held a press conference in Cincinnati to announce he was signing the pledge, which would limit members to three two-year House terms and two six-year terms in the Senate. Renacci is in his fourth term in the House.
Mr. Renacci is serving his fourth term representing the 16th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The pledge he signed indicates he would also support an amendment to limit U.S. House terms to three, two-year terms.
Renacci’s own tenure in Congress is only one way in which the “career politician” strategy risks backfiring this year.