In keeping with my commitment, I am searching the nation for the top Conservative options in order to prevent RINOs from betraying their campaign conservative stances. In the past primaries, specifically Illinois, it was incredibly disappointing how Conservatism performed at the ballot. In neighboring state, Indiana, things look a little more hopeful. A common theme in this edition will be the opposition of incumbents who voted for Omnibus. The Ohio Primary presents an opportunity to advance Conservatism in the state. Ohio is a red state that is plagued by unions and opioids. Leftists in Ohio are also more daring than in other states to run as a Republican because they know Democrats will lose. Nonetheless, Ohio had some principled Conservatives which the Freedom Caucus is helping.
Best Picks: Jim Jordan, Christina Hagan, Melanie Leneghan, Todd Wolfrum
Worst Picks: Samuel Ronan, Bill Johnson, Robert Blazek, Anthony Gonzales, Bob Latta, Bob Gibbs, Michael Turner
Best Races: District 12, District 4
Worst Races: District 1, District 6, Ohio Senate,
An interesting matchup here which deviates from the typical RINO vs Conservative. On one side we have Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor. Mary Taylor may initially stand out as the Conservative candidate with endorsement from Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. But she’s also backed by John Kasich the most leftist of all the GOP Presidential candidates. Mike DeWine, one may peg as a RINO but strong Conservatives such as Troy Balderson and Kevin Bacon have given him the nod. This race is filled with misinformation with both candidates accusing the other of being leftist. Sites like Breitbart are trying to make this a battle against the Establishment that this race really isn’t. Ted Cruz isn’t infallible with his endorsements as proven with Steve Montenegro early this election season. However a history lesson courtesy of the Buckey Firearm Association is the deciding information: Mike DeWine is anti-gun. He was formerly a Senator who favored gun control and when he was thrown out for it, sought other elected offices. This dude needs a place to rest his head. And for that reason he is out of consideration. Mary Taylor may be associated with Kasich but at least she’s not anti-gun.
Conservative Pick: Mary Taylor
This race is believed to be one of the most easily flipped races for the Senate. Last month Trump added his personal touch on the race and endorsed Jim Renacci, Representative of the 16th District. After 7 years, Renacci has nothing to show for it other than a mediocre record. . It seems as though he is the hand selection of Cocaine Mitch. He also voted for Omnibus which discredits him from being a Conservative Pick. Renacci has many endorsements, but none from nationwide conservatives Those were received by Josh Mandel. Mandel was the race’s frontrunner before having to withdraw citing his wife’s help. And so the race seems as though it is between Ranacci and Gibbons. Mike Gibbons is a business man. He has gathered the second choice endorsement of Rand Paul.
— Mike Gibbons (@MikeGibbonsOH) May 3, 2018
Gibbons is running as a Conservative but he’s not the only one. Melissa Ackinson is an entrepreneur running as the pro-Trump grassroots candidate. She may in fact be more Conservative than Gibbons and Renacci but she is a Trumpist first. From her positions on trade and the language used in her campaign. However it does seem as though she is fiscally conservative. Next is Don Elijah Eckhart. In 2016 he tried to defeat RINO Rob Portman and lost. Again he’s trying but it doesn’t seem like a serious attempt. He’s a good person, likely a good Conservative, but a bad campaigner. Lastly Dan Kiley is running but is more of the same. All of the candidates support Trump’s tariff’s except Eckhart but he’s the least supportive of school safety measures. Whereas Mike Gibbons believes that tariffs can lead to better trade deals and a freer trade, the other three are parroting Trump on the issue. There is no good choice in this race, but Renacci is a McConnell puppet and Gibbons is most prepared to stop him. Also Rand Paul is supporting him.
Conservative Pick: Mike Gibbons (little confidence)
Steve Chabot is actually one of Ohio’s more Conservative Congressmen. But alas, he is another mediocre politician. He is being opposed by Samuel Ronan. Though I oppose politicians who voted for Omnibus, a rare exception must be made. Ronan is pragmatic. He knows people vote by party only and is a leftist living in a red district. So what’s his plan? Win as a Republican. Ronan is pro-abortion and believes healthcare is a human right. Hard pass.
Conservative Pick: Steve Chabot
Brad Wenstrup is an incumbent RINO who is unopposed. He stopped being Conservative when Trump became President.
Joyce Beatty is the incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans are running in opposition. There is Jim Burgess and Abdul Haji. Not much can be gathered about Burgess other than failed attempts at running for the local school board. Abdul Haji is a supporter of Mike Gibbons and his Conservatism shows on his twitter some.
Conservative Pick: Abdul Haji
The 4th is Jim Jordan’s. Jordan is a member of the Freedom Caucus and a strong Conservative. His name is floated for House Speaker in replacement of Paul Ryan. Opposing him is Joseph Miller who doesn’t really have an actual campaign.
Conservative Pick: Jim Jordan (For House Speaker)
Bob Latta is the incumbent and is a RINO apart of the problem. Opposing him is two contestants. Todd Wolfrum is a local public servant looking to go to DC. His campaign promises include joining the Freedom Caucus, banning funding for abortion agencies, and prohibiting foreign aid when there is a debt. Seems like a strong Conservative. Running from the left is Bob Kreienkamp who is anti-gun and against tax cuts. But this is what the Republicans invite.
Conservative Pick: Todd Wolfrum
Bill Johnson is the incumbent in District 6. Hardcore RINO. He has voted for nearly every reckless spending bill in the last few years. But of course Ohio has already had a few leftist sneak their way in as an R so. Unfortunately Robert Blazek also sucks. He wants to tx entertainment because he thinks theirs a connection between violence and media (there’s not). We don’t need to blame video games ay more than guns. These are scapegoats.
Blazek also said he has a plan to help deal with the mental illness and violence, which are causing school shootings and other horrific acts. He would propose a mental health tax of 1 percent on all violent video games and movies. Those movies rated PG-13, R and NC-17 would qualify, as well as games rated for violence. Blazek said he believes the tax would raise about $400 million and the money would then go toward mental health.
Conservative Pick: None
Bob Gibbs is another RINO. He’s yet another big spender. Two candidates oppose him. Patrick Quinn is a hopeful. He doesn’t hold many positions other than wanting to settle immigration once and for all. Terry Robertson is the other, stronger opponent. In 2016, he failed to unseat Gibbs. Now he’s back. He seems to have a good grasp on all things Trump. He campaigns voter ID and going after activist judges. As the Democrats are salivating over the 7th, its best to nominate a candidate they are less prepared to attack.
Conservative Pick: Terry Robertson
Warren Davidson has had a brief year in DC without blemish. He is unopposed.
Three Republicans are scrambling to replace Marcy Kaptur. First up is Keith Colton. My biggest concern is that he is pro-union in a state made less competitive by unions. All else aside he seems like a typical campaign conservative. No joke, the second contestant is W. Benjamin Franklin. Because of his name, his candidacy cannot be found. Steve Kraus was ousted from a state office for a felony charge. He seems just as Conservative as Colton. Colton’s record is cleaner, thus, he is a more formidable opponent.
Conservative Pick: Keith Colton
Michael Turner is the incumbent. Another hardcore RINO. But he is opposed. First up is John Anderson. He has a “contract” platform. It includes restructuring the tax code to be almost entirely consumption based. It also includes ending foreign aid and preventing the federal government from controlling healthcare. Anderson failed to defeat Turner in 2014 and 2012. John Mitchel is the newcomer in this race. He has a unique set of ideas. He opposes the Convention of States for fear of something else entirely coming out of it. He is also for term limits like every not incumbent. Mitchel opposes UN taking our sovereignty and is pro-life and pro-gun.
Conservative Pick: John Mitchel
Marcia Fudge is an incumbent Democrat. Two Republicans seek to unseat her. Gregory Dunham is the first candidate. Although he opposes abortion, he believes in banning semi-auto guns. He is running on a national debt platform but doesn’t realize tax cuts don’t reduce government income. He doesn’t have a good grasp on the constitution or finances for that matter. He is another “fiscally responsible, socially inclusive(leftist)” candidate. From past experience we know that these politicians don’t exist. They will most certainly increase government under the guise of common sense. Beverly Goldstein tried and failed in 2016. Her platform is about jobs and crime. She is more set up to be a local politician but she’s preferable to Dunham.
Conservative Pick: Beverly Goldstein
District 12 is a free for all with eleven candidates. The Democrats have a similar situation. There is no incumbent because this is a special election situation. In large fields it is often beneficial to trust endorsements. Such was the case in the Texas 21st. In this election however the most prized endorsements of Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows belong to Melanie Leneghan. The power of the Freedom Caucus is coming to her aid. That must mean she’s a strong Conservative. However she’s not the only strong Conservative. There is also Troy Balderson. Balderson is on of the staunchest Conservatives in the Ohio Senate. Unlike most Republicans, he has an actual record of defunding Planned Parenthood. There’s also Tim Kane who is likely a RINO if elected. Another strong Conservative in the Ohio legislature is Kevin Bacon. But the race is between Leneghan and Balderson. Both would make fine Representatives and a clean one is needed if the GOP wants to keep this seat. The winner must win two elections to get to the next term.
Conservative Pick: Melanie Leneghan
Tim Ryan holds the seat as a Democrat. Christopher DePizzo is the only Republican. He’s probably a RINO but it’s not like he’ll win.
RINO David Joyce is unopposed.
A super-RINO Steve Stivers is running unopposed.
The race to replace Jim Renacci is surprisingly tame, but the choice is clearer than others. This is a classic Republican Civil War battleground. In the Big Government Corner we have Anthony Gonzalez. The RINOs have come out in full force. Marco Rubio, Rob Portman, Bob Gibbs, and Mike Turner have all endorsed Gonzalez. In the Conservative Corner we have Christina Hagan. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan have come to her side as well as several Trump administration names. The NRA endorsed Hagan. THe lines are drawn and it would be beneficial to prevent another RINO from gaining the seat.
Conservative Pick: Christina Hagan