CLEVELAND — Rep. Tim Ryan hasn’t determined but if he’ll run for Rob Portman’s soon-to-be-open U.S. Senate seat in 2022, but when he does, he may’ve already secured a serious endorsement.
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton threw her assist behind Ryan’s doable Senate bid Saturday morning, doing so by quoting a tweet from Kathy DiCristofaro of the Ohio Democratic Occasion. DiCristofaro, who chairs the Dems’ girls’s caucus, mentioned the state “wants” folks like Ryan who “battle for working folks,” and Clinton wholeheartedly agreed.
The Northeast Ohio congressman Ryan later responded to Clinton with a tweet of his personal, thanking her for her “assist and friendship.”
Ryan has slowly risen by way of the Democratic Occasion ranks over the previous couple of years, difficult Nancy Pelosi for the get together’s Home chief in 2017 earlier than operating for president within the 2020 election whereas portray himself as a champion for working class voters. He dropped out for the primaries and as a substitute efficiently ran for a 10th time period within the Home, though his 52%-45% margin over former Republican State Rep. Christina Hagan was the smallest of his profession.
As probably the most seen Democrats in Ohio, Ryan has been speculated as a possible successor to Portman ever because the latter introduced his impending retirement this week. Ryan confirmed he’s “trying severely” at operating, doubtlessly making him a part of a Democratic area that would embrace the likes of former Ohio Well being Director Dr. Amy Acton and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
Clinton isn’t any stranger to the Senate herself, having spent eight years representing New York after a two-term stint as first girl in the course of the presidency of her husband Invoice Clinton. She subsequently served 4 years as U.S. Secretary of State beneath President Barack Obama earlier than incomes the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, the place she finally misplaced to Donald Trump.
Republicans rumored to be contemplating operating to succeed Portman embrace U.S. Rep. Invoice Johnson and former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. Rep. Jim Jordan and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have already dominated out Senate bids.