In motorcycle campaign ad, Rep. Renacci touts “outsider status” in run for Ohio Governor

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- He’s riding a Harley through the state of Ohio, captured from a drone and a GoPro.

“I really want to make sure Ohio becomes first again,” said Congressman Jim Renacci, R-Ohio.

That’s Renacci’s slogan. “Ohio first.” It’s sounds a lot like President Trump’s "America First.”

Trump did win the state of Ohio after all.

Renacci is the only Republican candidate who doesn’t currently work in Columbus. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, State Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Secretary of State Jon Husted are also eyeing the governor’s seat.

“I think people are going to look and say we have career politicians running against a career businessman,” said Renacci.

Renacci isn’t exactly an outsider. He’s serving his forth term in Washington and he’s one of the most-wealthy members of Congress, worth millions.

Before he political career, Renacci did business throughout the state of Ohio.

“If you go back to my roots in western Pennsylvania you will find out that I was probably one of the poorest members of congress at one point in time. My father was a railroad worker, mother was a nurse, and grandfather was a coal miner. We didn’t have very much,” said Renacci.

Renacci thinks over-regulation is holding back Ohio’s economy. He says he wants to make it easier to operate a small business in the state.

Renacci remains confident even though the Ohio Democratic Party is already coming after him.

“First election I ever ran I was attacked by the Democrats as well and what I learned there was that when you are a threat they attack. That’s fine,” he said.

There’s a crowded field of candidates running to become the next governor of Ohio. Also in the race on the Democratic side: Former Wayne County Commissioner Dave Kiefer, Former state Rep. Connie Pillich, Current Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni, and Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton.

The primary election is set for May 2018.

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