He appeared in Cincinnati, where Chabot is fighting off a well-funded challenge from Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval who grew up in Beavercreek, and in Dayton, where Turner, R-Dayton, faces a challenge from Theresa Gasper, a small businesswoman who lives in Beavercreek. Both Gasper and Pureval outraised their GOP opponents last quarter, though Turner and Chabot have substantial war chests from prior campaigns.
“There is great support for the party’s agenda in the Buckeye State, and Speaker Ryan was thrilled to spend time there this week to emphasize the importance of electing Republicans and keeping our House majority working for the American people,” said Jake Kastan, deputy executive director for Ryan’s political team.
Countered Gasper, Turner’s opponent: “This trip is a shameless ploy to score political points and shore up support for Washington politicians like Mike Turner. Ohioans will see through this and soundly reject these harmful policies in November.”
Ryan also headlined a fundraiser along with Sen. Rob Portman and former Rep. Pat Tiberi for state Sen. Troy Balderson, a Zanesville Republican who running for the open 12th District seat in suburban Columbus that Tiberi vacated in January. The fundraiser, which cost $1,000 for guests and $2,700 for hosts, included a reception and a roundtable at a private residence in Dublin.