What a difference a week can make! In the first week after his official announcement, Bernie Moreno crisscrossed the state to share his message, hit the airwaves with top radio and podcast personalities, raised $500k from donors and picked up the support of potential rival Mark Kvamme, a Columbus venture capitalist, and former JobsOhio CEO with close ties to former Gov. John Kasich.
Career politicians are the problem in DC
Since the official announcement on April 18 in Southwest Ohio, Bernie has crisscrossed the state spreading the message that career politicians on both sides of the aisles do not concern themselves with well-being of the American people. Instead of doing their job, they spend 80-90% of their time thinking about the next campaign or how they can monetize their current position. One example he cites is the situation on the border: career politicians on both sides have outsourced our immigration policy to the drug cartels resulting in half the population of Ohio and an unending stream of poisonous fentanyl entering the country. Short-term Bernie says lawmakers should not receive a paycheck until the border crises is solved. Longer term, we have to quit sending career politicians to Washington and wondering why we get the same result!
Moreno pledges to fight for American Dream
Bernie is not a career politician – he’s never held office. He is a successful business man and entrepreneur who knows how to get things done. He thanks his parents for giving him the greatest gift – bringing him to the US from Columbia as a young child to pursue the American Dream. Bernie says he will fight for the American Dream because he lived it and he wants to preserve it for the next generation.
Crisscrosses Ohio to grow his base
In the first week, Bernie has taken his message to all corners of Ohio including Gahanna, Columbus, Cincinnati, Milford, Xenia, Cleveland, Lima, Findlay, Toledo, Coshocton, and Zanesville.
Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of National Intelligence and U.S. Ambassador to Germany under President Trump, flew in from California to appear at a Townhall in Cleveland and explain why Ohio needs to elect Bernie Moreno. Grenell later tweeted about the Moreno event:
Huge crowd. Huge enthusiasm to defeat @SenSherrodBrown. Brown’s voting record is radical Left. He voted to drop the sanctions on the Russian pipeline which helped usher in the war in Ukraine.
Supporters put their money where their mouth is
On the campaign trail, Bernie found Ohioans excited to retire Sherrod Brown and willing to put their money where their mouth is. In just the first 7 days the Moreno campaign raised $500,000 — almost double the amount Matt Dolan, his only announced competitor, raised in the first quarter!
In a tweet he announced the success of his campaign: Thank you Ohio! We’re just getting started!
Takes message to the air waves
In between campaign stops, Bernie also took his message to the air waves with appearances on national talk radio shows and podcasts. He was interviewed by Sebastian Gorka, Tom Roten of the Morning Talk Show on iHeart Radio, Jack Windsor and Josh Seas on the Saving Liberty Podcast, Steve Bannon on Real America’s Voice, Breitbart News and Charlie Kirk.
Potential rival Mark Kvamme supports Moreno
Mark Kvamme, a Columbus venture capitalist, and former JobsOhio CEO with close ties to former Gov. John Kasich, had been mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2024. When approached on April 24 about running for the seat, he told Capitol Letter that it’s not going to happen. Instead Kvamme is backing Bernie Moreno to be the GOP nominee challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown next year.