Hillary Clinton encourages Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan to mount a bid for Senate

She might have failed at winning a shot at the presidency — twice — but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still holds icon status within the ranks of Democratic voters across the country, and with fellow establishment Dems.

Given the stakes of the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, both for the House of Representatives and the Senate, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that power players like Clinton are already using their influence to encourage Democratic Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan to run for a Senate seat in the Buckeye State next year, as Fox News reports.

Leadership?

According to Fox, GOP Sen. Rob Portman (OH) made the bombshell announcement recently that he will not seek re-election in 2022, joining a number of Republicans who will also be departing politics soon. The decisions leave room for ambitious Democrats like Ryan to seize new openings and strengthen their party’s majority.

Rep. Ryan broke his silence on the matter in a Monday tweet in which he hinted that a run for the coveted Senate seat is something that he is at least considering. The remarks drew a lot of attention from powerful groups and political influencers.

“I’m overwhelmed by supporters who are reaching out to encourage me to run for Senate. I haven’t made a decision yet but I’m looking seriously at it,” Ryan tweeted, as Fox News reported. “Ohio deserves leaders who fight for working people.”

That comment and similar remarks made by the congressman on MSNBC caught the attention of the chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, Kathy DiCristofaro, who posted a tweet in support of Ryan’s potential Senate run. According to Fox, DiCristofaro’s tweet caught the attention of Clinton, who made very clear in a brief response that she supports the idea as well.

Trump’s turf

Some assumed that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) would make a play for the soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat, but as Politico reported this week, Jordan’s office has indicated he will not be in the running. He’s sticking with his status as an Ohio congressman, instead.

Still, Democrats have quite a few obstacles to overcome in the prized state, as former President Donald Trump won it both in 2016 and in the 2020 presidential election.

That doesn’t mean Ryan won’t be trying though, and he added fuel to speculation of a Senate bid with his remarks to MSNBC that in order for a Democrat to win in the Trump-favored state, a candidate would need to focus on “bread-and-butter” issues with regard to the American economy.

“Trump won Ohio by eight points. So if we’re going to win a place like Ohio, we’ve got to figure out how to move to the middle a little bit and get some of those voters, or we’re not going to be able to win a Senate seat,” Ryan said, according to Politico.

While Ryan wouldn’t have to worry about Jordan, who would likely be an easy frontrunner, there are several other high-profile Republicans in the Buckeye State who are similarly considering a run for Congress’ upper chamber, including former state treasurer Josh Mandel and the state’s GOP chairwoman, Jane Timken, Politico reports.

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