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On Facebook, Jim Renacci complains that national Republicans ‘left him on the battlefield’

November 13, 2018

On Facebook, Jim Renacci complains that national Republicans ‘left him on the battlefield’

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Republican Rep. Jim Renacci isn’t happy that national Republicans opted not to lend major financial support to his campaign for the U.S. Senate.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, Renacci, wrote he only entered the race in February (although he actually entered in January), which gave him little time to raise money for his campaign, in which he was badly outspent and eventually defeated by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. He’s made a similar point before. But he went further by unleashing a tirade against the National Republican Senatorial Committee and Republican Senate President Mitch McConnell, who is close to groups that deployed money in Senate races across the country — but not in Ohio — during the midterms.

“Without the help of the NRSC, we were left on the battkefield [sic] to fight on our own. Of course we didn’t think that was going to happen...but lesson learned,” Renacci wrote.

Renacci privately has complained that national Republicans didn’t support his campaign against Brown, who defeated Renacci in last week’s election by a 6-point margin. Republicans, meanwhile, privately have said that Renacci ran a poor race — including burning through multiple campaign managers — and refused to spend the $4 million of his own money he loaned to his campaign account in April. While Renacci lost, Republicans otherwise performed well here, winning all five of Ohio’s nonjudicial, statewide elected offices.

Renacci’s post was a response to a comment from someone who wrote they didn’t see any Renacci campaign ads on TV, compared to myriad ads from Brown. Renacci’s main Facebook post was a reaction to Monday’s news that Brown, fresh off his election win, is considering running for president in 2020. The post from Renacci incorrectly described Brown’s 274,988-vote win margin.

In another post, Renacci shared an article from Politico that laid out national Republicans’ strategy in this year’s midterms in which they passed on Senate races in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in favor of diverting money to less populous states where TV advertising is cheaper. Overall, Republicans are expected to net either one or two seats in the Senate after ousting incumbent Democrats in Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota and likely Florida, while losing to Democratic challengers in Arizona and Nevada.

“Everytime I read this article it sickens me that McConnell made a decision in the spring to not help Ohio.....and it hurt all of my national fundraising....yet I was never told,” Renacci wrote. “Countless calls and travel to just hear....the NRSC/McConnell is not supporting your race. Tell us why? Now I know why. You can’t win a National race without help....yet we were only 135,000 votes away.....with no help. I really appreciate all of the hard work from my volunteers and staff ......to get us so close.”

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