Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland businessman who never has held elected office, announced May 31 that he will run against Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel for the Republican nomination for the 2018 U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland.
Gibbons is senior managing director at Brown Gibbons Lang & Company, a Cleveland investment banking firm.
“Washington is broken, and career politicians like Sherrod Brown have failed us,” Gibbons said in a news release. “We need new leadership in the United States Senate.
“I know how to create jobs because I’ve taken the risk and created jobs. I’m a businessman. I’ve signed the front of a paycheck. Washington politicians always talk about how they want to create jobs, but politicians don’t create jobs, businesses do. We need to get the bureaucracy out of the way, cut taxes, reduce red tape and end the back-room deals and corruption in Washington.”
Mandel, a Beachwood Republican, announced he is running in December 2016. He lost to Brown in the 2012 Senate race.
The Republican who wins the primary will run against Brown in November 2018.
"I believe that as iron sharpens iron, man sharpens man,” Mandel said in an email to the Cleveland Jewish News. “I'm a proud, unabashed conservative ready to win any primary and then defeat Sherrod Brown to take the fight to Washington.”
Mandel has received endorsements from Republican Sens. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati; Tom Cotton of Arkansas; and Ted Cruz of Texas.
Representatives for Brown’s campaign declined to comment for this story.
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