REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
WE KNOW YOU BY THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU…

August 4th, 2017

So, Corey Lewandowski came to Cleveland to court Congress James Bupkis* Renacci and show his undying love for conservative politics money.

As the warmup for his yacht club smoochfest, Lewandowski scored a Renacci-assisted place at the podium of the City Club of Cleveland where he told the paying attendees:

If you want to have a discussion back and forth, we can do that, but let me tell you how that works. When you get the podium, you get to talk as long as you want.

Given the discussion on air and in the press on 19 July, there should be no one surprised at how this turned out.

Lewandowski got defensive when both the audience and local media wanted to know if he was taking money from a payday loan company: Community Choice Financial. People want to know because Lewandowski called for the removal of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director (and former Ohio Attorney General and possible Ohio gubertorial candidate) Richard Cordray last weekend.

One of the areas that Cordray has targeted has been predatory lenders. That, combined with the fear that Cordray could be serious threat to Renacci’s bid for governor, sheds a bright light on why Lewandowski was in Cleveland yesterday.

Writing in Corey Lewandowski Just as Worthless as Expected at the City Club for Scene, Sam Allard offers this take:

Whatever it was that former Republican strategist and deposed cable news commentator Corey Lewandowski hoped to communicate to the paying audience at the City Club of Cleveland Thursday afternoon, the takeaways from this controversial forum will have little to do with his remarks.

How could they? Lewandowski’s speech, and his wobbly answers to seven audience questions, were so destitute of worth and truth that the crowd could do little but sigh and shake their heads as they processed to the elevators after City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop glumly adjourned the forum just as tempers began to flare. The Donald Trump sympathizers in the audience had stumbled upon sporadic moments of applause that never quite rose to the level of rounds, but even they might have found it difficult to defend the charade on anything other than propaganda grounds.

Near the exits, some of the attendees remarked upon the “tension” in the room. Others felt Lewandowski had deflected most of the substantive questions, a feeling we shared and one we’d be remiss not to illustrate:

The third audience question invited Lewandowski to reflect on why Americans should believe anything Donald Trump says “if he can’t even be honest about his golf scores?”

Lewandowski ignored the question and replied that he’d never played golf with Trump, but that he was “probably the best golfer, as a President, that we have ever seen.”

The answer was in keeping with the speech’s fawning tone, in open defiance of seriousness. Among other superlatives, Donald Trump was described as the “greatest political phenomenon of all-time.” He was the best marketer, he was the most successful businessman, he had prevailed in the 2016 primaries against “the greatest Republican field of all-time.”

“In whatever he has sought to achieve,” Lewandowski remarked early on, “he has been successful.”

From where I sit, Lewandowski played The City Club the way President Donald John Trump played The Boy Scouts. Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh apologized for Trump’s speech. My question now is, will City Club CEO Dan Moulthrop do the same?

I suppose that if Lewandowski was good enough for Trump, then he’s good enough for Renacci. Birds of a feather and all that.

*After extensive searches, I have been unable to determine what Renacci’s middle initial stands for. Until I can find a reliable reference to Renacci full name, Bupkis will do.

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