Ohio Senate candidate Lee Fisher (D) got a break this week — literally. Republican rival Rob Portman fractured his collarbone in a cycling accident that slowed down his campaign schedule at a time when Fisher is reeling from a series of unflattering headlines.
Portman was injured Sunday riding his bike in Jackson Hole, Wyo., with his 18-year-old son, Will. The former congressman flew to Wyoming Saturday for a fundraiser. He’s been training for the Pelotonia, a charity bike ride that takes place in August.
Portman flew home to the
Cincinnati area after the injury and tweeted
Surgery went well this morning. Collarbone is now titanium-reinforced and stronger than ever. Thanks for all the prayers & well wishes.
He'll be in a sling for a couple of weeks but will soon be back stumping. "He'll be back in northeast Ohio this weekend campaigning," said Jessica Towhey, a Portman spokeswoman.
Fisher, meanwhile, has endured several recent setbacks. His second-quarter fundraising was less than half of his Republican rival’s haul, and Portman now has an 8:1 cash advantage. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) has yet to endorse Fisher and recently made more sour comments about the Democratic “establishment.”
And finally, there were reports Fisher’s research director resigned last week. A spokesman for his campaign didn’t deny the report, but said in a statement: “Ohioans don’t care about campaign jobs. They care about keeping their own job and the fact that Congressman Portman has spent 20 years in Washington supporting trade policies that shipped Ohio jobs overseas.”
Towhey said Portman still hopes to ride in the August charity event.
—Elise Viebeck contributed to this post.