‘Blunt’ Gibbons Joins Crowded Ohio Senate Race

'Blunt' Gibbons Joins Crowded Ohio Senate Race Mike Gibbons announces plans to run for the senate seat currently occupied by retiring Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

By Elizabeth Stauffer | Tuesday, 13 April 2021 11:57 AM

Cleveland businessman and 2018 Republican Senate candidate Mike Gibbons on Tuesday announced plans to run for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

Gibbons made his announcement via video to Fox News. He joins three other candidates including Jane Timken, a former state Republican Party chair; former state treasurer and former two-time Senate candidate Josh Mandel; and Cleveland businessman and luxury auto dealership giant Bernie Moreno, according to Fox.

"I’m a businessman, not a politician. I’m blunt, plain spoken, and I tell it like it is," Gibbons tells voters in the video.

The pro-Trump conservative believes it's time "to stand up to the cancel culture and the lies of those who seek to divide us. I believe that families matter. Churches matter. Neighborhoods and small towns matter. I believe that we need to secure our borders, stand for life, and defend our 2nd Amendment rights.

"The left is working around the clock to destroy everything President [Donald] Trump accomplished during his time in office. … They’re counting on us to go away – to cower before the power of Washington, D.C., and their media enablers. But I’m not going anywhere. I’m ready for battle."

Gibbons emphasized the value of hard work in his success. He "grew up in Parma, a working-class suburb of Cleveland. My father was a high school teacher and a wrestling coach. My grandfather was president of the laborers union."

While strolling Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company's Cleveland headquarters, Gibbons says, "I started my own business at the age of 37, working alone in a small office with just a phone and a desk."

He understands "that politicians don’t create jobs, businesses do. I know because I’ve done it." Through his company, Gibbons said he'd "helped dozens of homegrown Ohio companies expand and add jobs, providing strategic and financial advice and much needed capital."

"I’ve achieved financial success beyond my wildest imagination," he added. "I’ve achieved my American dream. Now I’m running for the U.S. Senate to make sure other people have the ability to achieve their American dream."

Fox reported Gibbons initially will invest $5 million of his own money in his campaign. The media outlet indicated that several of Gibbon's current and potential opponents can, and likely will, draw upon their own wealth to finance their campaigns.

Moreno, who has declared his candidacy, could use his fortune to fund his campaign. Of the other two declared candidates, Mandel has $4.5 million remaining from previous campaigns, and Timken has collected $2.1 million since launching her bid six weeks ago, according to Fox.

Additionally, "last month PayPal co-founder and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel contributed $10 million of his own money into a super PAC that would support J.D. Vance if he runs."

Rep. Jim Jordan., R-Ohio, has said he had no plans to enter the race, a decision that surprised many Republicans.

Among Democrats, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, is expected to run for the Portman's.

Republicans hope to take back the Senate in 2022, and need to pick up just one additional seat. They will be defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs in 2022.

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