COLUMBUS, OH (AP). The hottest race to Congress in next week’s inter-year elections pushes a Donald Trump-backed coal lobbyist against a two-term deputy in central Ohio.
Political rookie Mike Carey, a Republican, may win Tuesday’s competition, but Rep. Allison Russo is facing Democrats with the biggest challenge in years in the Republican-leaning 15th congressional district.
The site opened in May when US Republican veteran Steve Stivers retired to head the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.… A centrist and former GOP campaign chairman, Stivers held the seat for ten years.
The Jerrimander District stretches across all or part of Ohio’s 12 counties, from tiny impoverished Winton County in the Appalachian foothills to the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington, one of the state’s wealthiest communities.
Backed by the support of the former president, Carey won the massive Republican primaries. in August when Stivers supported someone else. It signaled continued Trump influence in the state, he twice won by more than 8 percentage points. Carey’s longtime friend Cory Lewandowski, a Trump confidant and former campaign chief, staged his introduction to the former president, Carey said.
However, Russo outperformed Carey slightly during the fundraising period ending in mid-October, as national groups such as Emily’s List and the League of Voters for Conservation of Nature saw promising efforts and donations from her. The Public Health Policy Consultant also enjoys the support of 314 Action, which supports scientists in government agencies.
Carey, 50, from Columbus has tried to leverage his experience of lobbying in Columbus and Washington among voters, while emphasizing that he has never held an elected office and will travel to Washington as a “political outsider.” The Army Veteran supports the Ohio National Federation of Independent Business and the Brotherhood Police Order.
Upper Arlington, 45, Russo, in her television commercials, many of which featured her little daughter, tried to link Carey to legislation that sparked a massive corruption scandal surrounding former Ohio Republican Speaker Larry Householder.House Act # 6 – Carey’s Claim Contested.
Carey has been vice president of government affairs at American Consolidated Natural Resources, formerly Murray Energy, since 2012. He also chairs the board of the Ohio Coal Association.
Murray was among corporate sponsors involved in an elaborate $ 60 million bribery law scheme claimed by federal prosecutors, although the coal giant was not charged with the crime as part of an ongoing investigation. Russo’s ad targets Carey’s claims that he did not lobby for the bill when he did. He says that this is a wrong characterization.
“We supported people across the country and efforts across the country for Republicans who supported coal,” Carey said in an interview in August. “But with regard to Bill 6, listen, we were completely neutral on the bill because we had companies that were at the expense and we had companies that were against.”
Russo tells voters that if elected, she will be the “voice of working families,” rejecting claims in rude advertisements targeting Carey that portray her as a Democratic supporter who will vote “100% alongside Nancy Pelosi” when she arrives. Washington.
“I was an independent voice at the State House. During my tenure, it became very clear that I am not involved in party politics, I am not involved in special interest politics, ”she said in an interview last week. “I am here to represent the people I serve and their problems. I am a pragmatist. I am interested in getting everything done. If my opponent wants to run against this fictional ghost, then that’s pretty typical of the Republican scenario. “
Two different organizations tried to organize a debate in which candidates could discuss their differences in front of voters. Carey declined to participate.
“We do not believe candidates who lie in their ads or run illegal ads deserve discussion,” said spokesman Carey Blaine Kelly. Russo’s campaign supports advertising.