Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, Dusty Rhodes – the Hamilton County auditor – penned an op-ed for The Cincinnati Enquirer titled, “I’m an elected Democrat, and I know Tim Ryan is a fraud.”
I’m a proud, lifelong Democrat, and it’s my honor to serve the people of Ohio in elected office. It’s because I love my state so much that I’m sounding the alarm about my own party’s nominee for U.S. Senate. Tim Ryan is a fraud who must be defeated. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican, an independent, or a Democrat like me − Ryan does not deserve your vote.
The narrative Ryan has built around himself is nothing more than shameless deception from a career politician desperate to cling to power.
Here’s the truth: Tim Ryan is not who he says he is. He votes in 100% lockstep with Pelosi and Biden in Congress. At every opportunity, he follows the orders of the D.C. establishment. That’s the path of least resistance that far too many of our “leaders” fall into − we all deserve better.
Read the full op-ed HERE.
In addition to the opinion piece about Tim Ryan being a fraud, the assistant editor at The Spectator World wrote an article titled “Tim Ryan’s phony ‘moderate’ persona.” As the NRSC has stated from the beginning of the cycle, Tim Ryan goes wherever the political winds blow and it’s not a secret.
Excerpts from The Spectator World article by Teresa Mull:
Ryan strikes me as willing to do and say whatever it takes to win — more so even than your average career politician (he is 49 years old, has served in the US House since 2003 and was in the Ohio State Senate before that). Lately, in an attempt to appear “moderate,” Ryan has been adopting Republican talking points and throwing his own party under the bus. But a trip down memory lane shows Ryan for what he really is: someone who voted “with President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of the time this Congress,” and only voted in line with President Trump 16 percent of the time.
Despite what he portrays, Tim Ryan is ultra-progressive. AOC knows it, which is why she endorsed him. Let’s take a look at his positions on the issues…
Inflation and the economy: Ryan said during a recent debate, “We need tax cuts to put money in people’s pockets.” But “we need” and “I’ll vote for” tax cuts aren’t the same thing.
The National Republican Senate Committee compiled a list of 113 times Ryan has voted for higher taxes. In his career, he’s voted in favor of raising taxes to the tune of “at least $6.74 trillion.” He voted for the so-called “American Rescue Plan.” He was also proud to have voted for the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which will add $360 billion to Americans’ tax bill (not to mention all those additional IRS workers, whom Ryan says are necessary to “go after these billionaires who are avoiding taxes at all cost”).
Oh, and Ryan also supports banning gas-powered vehicles. Because that wouldn’t hurt working-class people and our economy.
Immigration: Ryan once tweeted that Donald Trump was using illegal immigration to “stoke division and inflame racial and ethnic animosity.” In 2018, he made a show of leaving his State of the Union guest seat vacant “in honor of Amer Othman and all others wrongfully targeted for deportation by ICE.”
Fox News also reminds us that in a 2019 ACLU questionnaire, Ryan committed to “reducing the size of the immigration detention system by at least 75 percent, cutting ICE’s detention budget, and ending the detention of families, asylum seekers, and other vulnerable populations,” among other related goals.
Crime: Ryan has admitted that “crime is an issue,” and declared, “We need more cops, we need better paid cops and we need to make sure that we invest into police training.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, though, Ryan “supports an end to cash bail and the decriminalization of drug possession… [and] voted to end qualified immunity.”
Read full article HERE.
Statement from NRSC Spokeswoman Lizzie Litzow: “People are sounding the alarms on Tim Ryan and for good reason. He is not who he says he is, and Ohioans fully understand that and will reject his blatant deceit at the ballot box tomorrow.”