Here's why one GOP strategist foresees a chaotic mess in the battle to replace a Senate Republican
Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio delivered a major bombshell on Monday when he announced that he will not be seeking reelection in the 2022 midterms. Portman cited "partisan gridlock" as a key factor in his decision. And there has been no shortage of reactions to Portman's decision.
BuzzFeed's Henry J. Gomez reported that a GOP strategist in Ohio sent him a text saying, "Well, this will be a total shit show." Republicans who are being mentioned as possible contenders for the GOP nomination in Ohio's 2022 Senate race range from far-right Rep. Jim Jordan to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted to former State Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Brendan Buck, a ex-staffer to for two former Republican House speakers — John Boehner and Paul Ryan — pointed to Portman's decision as proof that "Congress is no place for a sensible Republican anymore."
Congress is no place for a sensible Republican anymore. https://t.co/1z7dNJjw8Q— Brendan Buck (@Brendan Buck) 1611590013.0
Never Trump conservative Amanda Carpenter, known for her commentary on CNN and articles for The Bulwark, implied that since he isn't seeking reelection, Portman now has no excuse for not voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his forthcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.
So. Can I count on Portman to vote to convict now?— Amanda Carpenter (@Amanda Carpenter) 1611588927.0
Here are some more reactions to Portman's announcement:
@BrendanBuck Portman might have put up a nice front, but he wasn’t sensible. He almost never stood up to Trump and… https://t.co/52z8qwQWqK— Jake Lee (@Jake Lee) 1611590234.0
@HenryJGomez Dems should boost Jordan in the primary since he’s likely the only@one we can beat— Nicholas Carter (@Nicholas Carter) 1611590323.0
@amandacarpenter Does Don Jr. move to Ohio?— Nancy Hilliard (@Nancy Hilliard) 1611589104.0
@amandacarpenter Unfortunately it’s not going to matter. Will never get 17 R’s to vote to impeach.— Doug Dorava (@Doug Dorava) 1611589569.0
@BrendanBuck Sensible Republican is an oxymoron.— Sally Paulsen (@Sally Paulsen) 1611595836.0
@amandacarpenter Don’t hold your breath on that. Everyone thought Lamar Alexander would be a yes on the first impea… https://t.co/gfVB5cHUCw— Figgy112 (@Figgy112) 1611589628.0
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