[ Editor’s Note: This was a surprise story in the Ohio Republican crowded Senate race. Trump has backed JD Vance, but there is a traditional Republican who has not taken the lapdog path via Mara Margo to Trump.
He has done the opposite, weaving into his campaign that Trump’s stolen election issue that all those who get his endorsement have to abide by is leading the party down a dead end road.
We now have outsider Matt Dolan, a state senator surging in the polls, claiming Trump’s false claims are a cheap hoax, reaching out to those Republicans that want to send Trump and circus into political retirement and return to traditional Republicanism.
It’s a crowded field that will have a carved up vote in the first round of the primary, which could create an opening for Dolan to close the gap on Vance. Dolan may also be betting that the Jan6 committee report will be devastating to Trump and put the stink on Vance.
Trump still has a hold on the party, as he is sitting on a bunch of campaign cash. He is also being quite stingy with it by not parsing it out during the first quarter of the year.
People like Dolan see an opening to take a second path that could lead to the best number two option if the Trump association becomes toxic before November 3rd. Much can happen between now and then… Jim W. Dean ]
First published April 29, 2022
The field of candidates chasing Ohio’s GOP Senate nomination has pledged allegiance to former President Donald Trump and beaten a path to Mar-a-Lago.
But not Matt Dolan. The state senator has declined to kiss the ring, and instead run as a traditional conservative — pouring $10.6 million of his own money into the effort.
…Dolan is the lone candidate who refuses to toe the Trump line. He has accused the former president of “perpetuat[ing] lies about the outcome” of the 2020 election.
He called the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol a “failure of leadership” by Trump and an “attack on democracy.” At a March 21 debate, Dolan was the only candidate to raise his hand when the moderator asked who believed it was time for Trump to stop talking about the 2020 election.
…“What we sought to do from the outset was illustrate to folks that this race has to be about Ohio,” said Chris Maloney, Dolan’s campaign consultant. “You can be for pro-Trump policies and not share his personality, and that’s what is taking hold among Ohio Republicans.”