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Renacci Promises Not to Serve More Than Two Terms

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s campaign calls challenger’s pledge a ‘gimmick’

Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, walks down the House steps after the last votes before the July 4th recess in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Senate candidate Rep. Jim Renacci pledged he would serve only two terms if he beats Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Renacci signed a pledge in Cincinnati saying he would limit himself to two terms and tweeted a photo of himself.

“I’m a small biz owner, not a career politician like Brown. That’s why I’m pledging to the people of Ohio to serve no more than 2 Senate terms,” he said.

Renacci is currently serving his fourth term in the House. Prior to that, he served as mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio.

Renacci also said at a rally that Brown should do the same, WVXU reported.

“He should term-limit himself because people don’t want people in Congress 20, 30, years,” he said.

But Brown’s communications director Preston Maddock called Renacci’s pledge a “gimmick.”

“Congressman Renacci’s word is worthless,” he said. “He’s already said he doesn’t believe in term limits and, as a four-term congressman, he’s in violation of this gimmick pledge.”

Renacci dropped his bid for Ohio governor and got into the Senate race at the urging of President Donald Trump’s staff and after state Treasurer Josh Mandel dropped his bid for a 2012 rematch between him and Brown.

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates Ohio’s Senate race as Likely Democratic.

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