ICYMI: Politico – “‘My God What An Idiot’: J.D. Vance Gets Whacked For Past Trump Comments”


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, Politico published an exclusive report on new Club for Growth Action ads in the Ohio Senate Republican primary. The ads will run on TV and radio in the Cincinnati market and highlight J.D. Vance’s disparaging comments about President Trump. Club for Growth Action will spend $470,000 placing the ads.

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  • Click here to listen to the radio ad.
  • Click here to read Club for Growth PAC’s latest poll showing Josh Mandel leading the field by 23 points.
  • Click here to read the Politico story.

Politico Excerpts:

Two super PACs have launched a nearly $1 million coordinated ad buy attacking “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance in Ohio, aiming to tear him down for his previous opposition to Donald Trump.

Club for Growth Action and USA Freedom Fund, both of which back former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, are each spending $470,000 to make Republican primary voters aware of Vance’s harsh rhetoric toward the former president. Vance has publicly said he did not cast a vote for Trump in the 2016 election.

“I’m a Never Trump guy,” Vance said in an interview with Charlie Rose in 2016, a clip used in both the new ads. “I never liked him.”

Both ads also feature a screenshot of a Vance tweet from October 2016. “My god what an idiot,” he wrote, referring to Trump.

Vance expressed a similar sentiment in other interviews and since-deleted tweets from that time, including publicly mulling the idea of supporting Hillary Clinton, calling Trump “noxious” and “reprehensible.”

Club for Growth PAC’s own updated polling still shows Mandel with a significant lead, however. The newest poll, conducted by WPA Intelligence Sept. 27-30 and obtained by POLITICO, reported Mandel leading with 35 percent of the vote as Vance and investment banker Mike Gibbons are tied at 12 percent. Former state GOP Chair Jane Timken, technology company executive Bernie Moreno and state Sen. Matt Dolan registered in single digits.