Ahead of the endorsement, many Republican party leaders in the county expressed frustration that Mr. Trump could choose Mr. Vance, the author of the 2016 bestselling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy.” They noted that he had spent much of his life in San Francisco and had criticized Mr Trump even as they worked to elect him.
“He’s the guy who worked against Trump and spoke against Trump and told everybody he didn’t vote for Trump,” said Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman David Johnson, who argued Ms. Timken.
Mr Johnson helped circulate the letter from Republican leaders in Ohio, which said Mr Vance was not a registered Republican and provided Mr Trump with a list of negative comments Mr Vance had made against him , including calling it “another opioid.” ” in 2016.
“While we worked hard in Ohio to support you and make America great again, JD Vance was actively working against your candidacy,” the letter reads. “He called your supporters ‘racists’.”
Asked about the accusation that Mr Vance is not a registered Republican, Taylor Van Kirk, spokesperson for the Vance campaign, said: “When he voted in the primaries, JD always voted Republicans. He a long public history of supporting Republican candidates, including Donald Trump in 2020.”
The campaign also pointed to a poll that showed Mr. Vance in second place behind Mr. Mandel, as well as a tweet from a Republican Party county chairman denying signing the letter, and another tweet from the anti-abortion group. Ohio Right to Life PAC who voiced support for Trump’s endorsement of Mr. Vance.
In the TweeterGroup chairman Marshal Pitchford said the former chairman would make a ‘fantastic choice’ in supporting Mr Vance, adding that he was 100% ‘pro-life with no exceptions’ and would continue the ‘ pro-life” by Mr. Trump. victories” in the Senate.