(WKBN) – Valley Congressman Tim Ryan, D-13th district, announced he’s campaigning for the U.S. Senate.
“I am running to fight like hell in the U.S. Senate to cut workers in on the deal,” he said in a campaign launch video. “Ohioans are working harder than ever, they’re doing everything right and they’re still falling behind. Countries all over the world are investing billions in infrastructure, education, health care and their workforce to out-compete American businesses and workers. Our workers need a game plan to level the playing field and bring jobs home to Ohio.”
Ryan is known in Northeast Ohio, but how will his ideas be received across the state. He came right out and said he wants to put Ohio workers first. ‘Cut ’em in on the deal,’ was a phrase he used eight times in eight minutes.
“He’s never punched a time clock his entire life. So, I think it’s kind of hallow for someone who has never had a day job,” said Chris DePizzo, a candidate who challenged Ryan in 2017 for his congressional seat.
Ryan feels Ohioans have been left behind. He believes we need more American investments, that foreigners are funding too much of it.
“They want someone who understands they’ve been working harder than ever before and doing everything right but still can’t get ahead. That’s what moves voters is when you’re talking about the issues that are important to them. Healthcare is too expensive. They want good schools for their kids. And they want to start making things again,” Ryan said.
Ryan seems to be using the workers’ issue much like Sherrod Brown did to get reelected. DePizzo believes the closing of the General Electric plant will come back to haunt him after he voted for clean energy in 2007.
“One of the things that bill was not allowing fluorescent light bulbs to be made in the U.S. That directly led to a plant being closed down in his district, and he’s never had to answer for that,” DePizzo said.
DePizzo believes the progressive left could give Ryan trouble but that he’ll probably try to run this campaign as close to the center as possible.
Republican National Committee spokesperson Preya Samsundar is not optimistic about Ryan’s campaign.
“We’re certain his Senate campaign will be just as successful as his presidential campaign,” Samsundar said.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik released the following statement on Ryan’s Senate bid:
“For years, Tim Ryan has tried to pass himself off as a champion for the working class. Sadly, his support of job-killing policies show he is just another fast-talking politician looking for a bigger job. Mr. Ryan himself says he is in ‘lockstep’ with progressives on open border policies, supports the job-crushing Green New Deal, and has been a vocal proponent of the Biden-Harris $2 trillion ‘infrastructure’ plan, of which just 7 percent goes to actual infrastructure. Mr. Ryan’s support of radical left-wing policies does not represent the values of Ohio’s working men and women. Ohioans won’t buy this charade.”
On Tuesday, Ryan will begin his Workers First Tour. He plans on hearing from workers in every corner of the state about their challenges.
The tour will start with a virtual roundtable conversation with nurses and health care workers in Cuyahoga County.