'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate

'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate
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Bestselling author J.D. Vance will not run for Senate in Ohio next year, closing the door on the prospect of a longshot bid for the Republican nomination.

Vance told The Atlantic on Friday that while he took "a serious look at it because I care about the direction of the party," ultimately, "it would have been an objectively bad call for my family."

A handful of Republicans had attempted to push Vance into the race, which currently features Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel and businessman Mike Gibbons.

While Mandel has locked up a slew of powerful endorsements like Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families Lawmakers, businesses await guidance on tax law MORE (R-Ohio) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Live coverage: High drama as hardline immigration bill fails, compromise vote delayed Trump renews call to end filibuster amid immigration furor MORE (R-Texas), some Republicans are lukewarm about putting him up for repeat battle against Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDem senators introduce bill to ban controversial voter purges The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix Warren to put hold on Trump consumer bureau nominee MORE (D-Ohio), who beat him in 2012.


Those concerns were exacerbated in some corners after Mandel accused the Anti-Defamation League of being a "partisan witchhunt group" against conservatives for its decision to add far-right personalities Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec to a list of figures associated with the "alt-right."

Vance rose to prominence thanks to his best-selling 2016 memoir "Hillbilly Elegy" on life in Appalachia and has become more politically active as his book's success continues.