FIRST ON FOX: Jane Timken is taking aim at President Biden over “runaway inflation” as part of a statewide ad blitz in her bid for the Republican Senate nomination in Ohio’s crowded and competitive GOP primary.
“Joe Biden’s wasteful spending has sent prices skyrocketing. Now everything from groceries to gas and meals with our families cost more,” the former Ohio GOP chair charges in the ad, which was shared first with Fox News on Wednesday.
Timken launched her new commercial the day after the Labor Department reported that the consumer price index, which tracks inflation, jumped by 1.2% in March and soared 8.5% over the past year. According to the government figures, food prices rose 8.8% over the past year, with gasoline prices skyrocketing up 48%.
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Timken vows in the spot that if elected she’ll “stop” what she calls “Biden’s socialist agenda and runaway inflation.”
“It’s time for Congress to Balance the Budget, just like families in Ohio do. If the politicians don’t Balance the Budget, they shouldn’t get paid. No Balanced Budget, no Paycheck,” she says in the ad as she sits at a table in a diner in Canton, Ohio.
The Timken campaign tells Fox News the commercial, which launched with just under three weeks to go until Ohio’s May 3 primary, is the latest in a seven-figure ad blitz in major media markets across the Buckeye State.
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Republicans have hammered the Biden administration and congressional Democrats over the dramatic rise in consumer prices since last summer. Inflation’s been front and center in dozens and dozens of ads by Republican candidates, committees and outside groups during the 2022 election cycle, as the party believes the issue will hurt Democrats as they try to hang on to their razor-thin majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate in November’s midterm elections.
Timken, whose husband is the former chairman, CEO and president of his family’s steel manufacturing corporation, is one of eight candidates in the GOP primary race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who endorsed Timken in the race.
The other major Republican candidates in the race are 2018 Ohio GOP Senate candidate Mike Gibbons, a Cleveland entrepreneur, real estate developer and investment banker; former Ohio treasurer and former two-time Senate candidate Josh Mandel; venture capitalist and best-selling author J.D. Vance; and state Sen. Matt Dolan, a former county and state prosecutor whose family owns Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Guardians.
Other than Dolan, the other major contenders have been showcasing their support for former President Donald Trump, who remains the most popular and influential politician in the GOP as he endeavors to play a kingmaker role in the party’s 2022 primaries and repeatedly teases another White House run in 2024. So far, Trump has remained neutral in the Ohio GOP primary.
Timken describes herself as a “Trump conservative” in the commercial.
In a primary race in which all nearly all the major contenders have plenty of personal wealth or are backed by well financed outside groups, ad spending is soaring in Ohio’s Senate race, with nearly all the spending coming in the GOP primary.
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But throughout her 14-month-long campaign for the Senate, Timken has showcased her grassroots appeal and her campaign’s organizational strength in gaining supporters. Timken tweeted that her team knocked on over 12,000 doors in Ohio on Saturday.
The winner of the Republican primary may face off against longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of northeastern Ohio.
Ryan is considered the favorite for the Democratic nomination in race that also includes progressive Morgan Harper, a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau senior adviser and 2020 congressional candidate.