Ohio Senate candidate Melissa Ackison (R-Marysville) took to her campaign Facebook page on Friday to respond after the Ohio Republican Party central committee voted to endorse her opponent, State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), in their heated primary race for the 26th district state senate seat.
“As you guys know, I’ve been working for the last 11 months of my life, 7 days a week, took a leave of absence from running my small business, raised over $100,000 in this race, haven’t accepted a dime from the special interests,” Ackison said in a roughly five-minute video posted to her campaign page.
The endorsement announcement came just a day after Ackison shared a photo on her campaign Facebook page containing the phone numbers of several Ohio Republican Party officials, including Chairwoman Jane Timken.
“This has been dubbed the ugliest senate primary in legislative history in the state of Ohio, and there’s a reason for that. I’m running against one of the wealthiest members of the general assembly, we’re talking about a man that can write four and five hundred thousand dollar checks to the Republican caucus to fund other never Trumper swamp politicians who work for the special interests and the lobbying community,” Ackison said.
The 26th state senate district includes all or parts of Sandusky, Seneca, Marion, Morrow, Crawford, Wyandot, and Union counties.
“I want a hostile takeover, 100% hostile takeover of our republic. We are losing it, it’s slipping through our fingers,” Ackison continued in the video.
The endorsement for Reineke from the state-level GOP came just days after the current 88th House district representative and car dealership tycoon announced that his campaign was endorsed by three statewide officeholders: Attorney General Dave Yost, Auditor Keith Faber, and Treasurer Robert Sprague.
“Some of you are asking, what’s the big deal? What does this mean once [Reineke] gets the endorsement? Well, get ready… My opponent, who is already incredibly well-funded, [the Ohio GOP] will snuff me out as much as they can possibly try with mailers, they will give him resources and door knockers to go out. They will do everything they can to make sure he is the person who wins the Republican primary, and by God, we cannot let that happen,” Ackison said in the video.
Reineke has also been endorsed by the Seneca County Republican Party, in what was called an “unusually early move.”
The endorsements come as Reineke faces pressure to debate Ackison before the March primary election.