Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) has reportedly talked with J.D. Vance, the author of the bestseller “Hillbilly Elegy,” about possibly running for Senate in Ohio.
Politico reported on Monday that the Senate majority leader has said he will make the Ohio race a priority should Vance launch a bid.
The news comes after Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) announced last week that he would end his bid for the seat currently filled by Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWhen the Fed plays follow the leader, it steers us all toward inflation Which proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents MORE (D-Ohio). Mandel will continue to serve out his term as treasurer but ended the Senate campaign to focus on his wife’s health.
Mandel’s exit from the race has left Republican businessman Mike Gibbons as the top contender for the GOP slot.
Some have used Vance’s book about his life growing up in the Rust Belt as a means to understand the rise of President TrumpDonald TrumpGrant Woods, longtime friend of McCain and former Arizona AG, dies at 67 Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump Glasgow summit raises stakes for Biden deal MORE and the plights of the white working class.
Vance previously ruled out a Senate bid, telling The Atlantic that a run for office would be "an objectively bad call for my family."