It’s increasingly likely that Republicans will not be able to avoid a primary in Ohio, where the second GOP candidate filed his paperwork this month to challenge Sen. Sherrod Brown (D).
Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin (R) has opened up a campaign committee to explore the race, according to the Toledo Blade. He joins state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who has also filed his paperwork to run but has not officially announced a bid yet.
“Establishing Team Coughlin allows me to give the race careful consideration and to raise money. While I have no formal announcement planned at this time, I am getting a very positive response,” Coughlin told the Blade.
Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is also considering a campaign for Senate, but he did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning.
Democrats didn’t waste any time in dismissing Coughlin’s candidacy.
“Elections are about choices. Whether the Republicans nominate an extreme right-wing candidate like Kevin Coughlin, George Bush’s best friend Ken Blackwell, or Josh Mandel, whose political ambition is more important to him than his promise to serve a full term, the choice in this race will be clear,” Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Justin Barasky said.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.