‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author Announces Bid For Ohio Senate Seat


J.D. Vance, a enterprise capitalist and creator of the bestselling “Hillbilly Elegy,” mentioned Thursday he’s working for Ohio’s open Senate seat, becoming a member of an already crowded subject of Republicans.

“I feel we want individuals in Washington who’re fighters — and never simply fighters, however good fighters,” Vance mentioned in Middletown, Ohio. “There are a whole lot of fighters in Washington, D.C. They only battle for the fallacious issues.”

A pack of GOPers are vying for the seat, which shall be vacated when Sen. Rob Portman (R) retires subsequent 12 months after two phrases in workplace. Former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio Republican Celebration Chair Jane Timken, and enterprise executives Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons are also working.

Others may nonetheless enter the race earlier than the state’s Could 2022 Republican main. Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan is the one candidate to this point for his celebration’s nomination. The autumn 2022 election may decide the make-up of the Senate, now evenly divided. 

“Hillbilly Elegy” elevated Vance to nationwide fame, however he has garnered criticism from some Republicans for his opposition to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential marketing campaign. 

“I can’t abdomen Trump. I feel that he’s noxious and is main the white working class to a really darkish place,” Vance mentioned throughout an NPR interview on the time.

He later adopted themes championed by Trump, partaking in criticism of the “woke” tradition warfare and calling for restrictive immigration insurance policies.

It’s unclear who Trump plans to again within the race, however his endorsement will doubtless carry heavy political weight. He simply received the state in 2016 and 2020.

Vance’s Republican rivals have already taken goal at his anti-Trump stances. CNN famous that GOP voters in Ohio acquired nameless textual content messages this week calling Vance a “By no means Trumper.”

The creator has a considerable warfare chest. Billionaire enterprise capitalist Peter Thiel has pledged $10 million for Vance’s marketing campaign. Thiel was an early investor in Vance’s enterprise capital fund, The New York Instances famous.


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