July 26th, 2017

Last week as I listened to the discussion on WCPN’s Sound Of Ideas concerning the invitation extended by the City Club to Corey Lewandowski to speak, the first question that came to my mind was: who thought that inviting Corey Lewandowski was a good idea. Only after the show did I discover the answer: my congressman, Jim Bupkis* Renacci thought getting Lewandowski to speak was a good idea. He, along with Lewandowski and President Donald John Trump, are part of a very small group that agree.

Henry Gomez has been covering the story in his new post at BuzzFeed. In Corey Lewandowski To Raise Money For Pro-Trump Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Gomez writes:

Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who maintains an influential role in the president’s political orbit, will headline a fundraiser next week for US Rep. Jim Renacci, a candidate in Ohio’s competitive Republican primary for governor.

An invitation obtained Tuesday by BuzzFeed News advertises Lewandowski as a “special guest” for the Aug. 3 reception and dinner at a yacht club just outside Cleveland.

A Renacci spokesman confirmed the event.

Trump has not endorsed in the 2018 race to succeed term-limited Gov. John Kasich. But Lewandowski’s involvement with the Renacci fundraiser is the latest evidence that the congressman could be the White House favorite.

So, Renacci has managed to dupe the board of the City Club into inviting Lewandowski to what is tantamount to a campaign speech for Renacci.

Gomez concludes:

Renacci is an underdog in the GOP primary. He has the lowest name-recognition in a four-candidate field that also features Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. But he is the only contender who enthusiastically embraced Trump’s campaign last year after Kasich failed to win the presidential nomination.

Next week’s fundraiser will follow Lewandowski’s speech to the City Club of Cleveland, which has been criticized for providing a forum for the controversial political operative. (He was, for example, accused of grabbing a reporter last year, but simple battery charges were dropped.)

Renacci helped arrange the City Club gig for Lewandowski, who in recent weeks has helped push the health care legislation on Capitol Hill.

Cleveland, we’re being played.

*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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