More than $ 10 million has been raised for a super PAC to support Hillbilly Elegy author and venture capitalist, JD Vance, for a potential Ohio Senate campaign.
Vance, 36, who lives in Cincinnati with his wife and children, has not officially announced that he will run for the United States Senate, but the PAC is committed to recruiting Vance.
Vance, who is a venture capitalist and best-selling author, can even claim to have authentic working-class roots – rare for a Republican politician.
JD Vance looks at a possible senate campaign in Ohio. Vance, who lives in Cincinnati with his wife and children, has not officially announced that he will run for the United States Senate
Vance gained fame with his 2016 memoir Hillbilly Elegy about poverty in the Midwestern US and its roots in Appalachian Kentucky
His story is sparking excitement in Republican circles in the wake of Trump’s presidency as the party seeks to transform itself from ‘the country club party’ to the working class party.
He became known for his 2016 memoir Hillbilly Elegy about poverty in the Midwestern United States and its roots in Appalachian Kentucky.
His memoirs were turned into a Netflix movie at the end of last year, produced by Ron Howard, starring Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Close received a supporting actress Oscar nomination Monday for her role in the film.
“We are a network of conservatives committed to choosing a senator who will defend and defend Ohio’s values in Washington, DC,” said PAC adviser Bryan Lanza.
“We believe JD Vance is the right man for the job and we enroll supporters and raise funds to show that there is a lot of support in Buckeye State.”
The state’s 2022 Senate race is already heating up after current GOP senator Rob Portman announced his retirement earlier this year.
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel made a $ 10 million donation to Protect Ohio Values, a PAC created last month to support JD Vance’s possible Ohio Senate campaign
A number of high-profile Republican names already in the mix, including former treasurer Josh Mandel and former Ohio GOP chairman Jane Timken.
Vance considered running against Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown in 2018, but ultimately declined.
Vance said at the time that he was busy with investment work, a nonprofit he began helping to tackle the Ohio opioid crisis and a young family.
“Count me out of politics for now,” Vance said then, but things look different this time.
Billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has donated $ 10 million to Protect Ohio Values, a PAC created last month to support Vance’s potential Senate nomination.
Republicans believe that the authentic roots of the working class can be used to their advantage
Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early Facebook investor, has previously backed Vance’s Narya Capital venture company, which he runs out of Cincinnati.
Thiel was also one of the few prominent Silicon Valley tech moguls to publicly back President Trump.
His memoirs were turned into a Netflix movie starring Glen Close, who received an Oscar nomination for her role
In addition to Theil’s $ 10 million donation, Lanza said hedge fund manager Robert Mercer’s family had also made a “ significant ” contribution.
The donations could lead Vance to become a front runner in the potentially busy GOP primary.
Vance’s memoir, released in 2016, became an election year explaining to liberal America about the white underclass that fueled President Trump’s rise.
It quickly made the New York Times bestseller list later that year.
His memoirs detail his roots in Appalachian Kentucky and how these relate to growing up in Middletown, Ohio.
His family originally consisted of hillbillies from the poor and remote Appalachians that run from Pennsylvania to Alabama.
In his memoirs, he describes growing up with violent, alcoholic grandparents, a heroin-addicted mother and an absent father.
Vance, a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and studied at Yale Law School, quickly became a popular talk show guest for his insights into the support of Trump’s white working class, although he showed no interest in becoming the then-candidate himself. support.
“I think I’m going to vote for a third party because I can’t stand Trump,” Vance told NPR during the 2016 book tour. “I think he’s harmful and is leading the white working class to a very dark place.”
Vance, a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and studied at Yale Law School, quickly became a popular talk show guest for his insights into the support of Trump’s white working class.
Political strategists believe that the Republican Party should shift its demographics from its supporters who are disproportionately white.
President Trump has made some progress among Latinos and a small percentage of African American men.
An internal Republican memo seen through Axios suggested last week, “House Republicans can broaden our electorate, increase voter turnout and take back the House through an enthusiastic rebranding and reorientation as a Working Class Party.”
Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley are trying to spread that message.
“The Republican Party is not the party of the country clubs, it is the party of hard-working, working-class men and women,” Cruz said in a speech to CPAC in February.
“We are now a workers’ party,” Hawley said after the November election. “That’s the future.”