Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel is being eyed by Republicans as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate according to a report in the Washington Examiner.
Gibbons also has ed the National Republican Senate Committee and members of his campaign have been in touch with the Trump White House, Schrimpf said.
"As I've said many many times, if the president of the United States reaches out and contacts me and asks me to jump in that race, I would consider it only at that point". While my strong distaste for Washington and the political establishment is as fervent as ever, so too is my commitment to advancing the President's agenda for a stronger and more prosperous America.
While some Republicans may run campaigns in 2018 that look to distance themselves from the president, Renacci said his will not be one of them.
Should Renacci enter the Senate race, he would face a primary with Cleveland-area businessman Mike Gibbons.
An opening for Mr. Renacci was created Friday when Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel dropped out of the race, saying he needs to devote attention to his wife's undisclosed illness.
The congressman is close to Trump and state GOP Chairwoman Jane Timken, which Republicans expect will give him an advantage in the May 8 primary.
But Gibbons, whose net worth has been estimated to be as much as $100 million, would have the bankroll to fund a formidable campaign. Unlike Vance, Renacci has run four times successfully for Congress and already has a statewide network.
After Mandel dropped out, Gibbons quickly sank $5 million of his money into the campaign. Unlike Brown, and others who might consider the race, Gibbons is a true outsider.
"Hillbilly Elegy" author J.D. Vance is also interested in a bid, although he ruled out running in 2017 when Mandel was still in the race.
But some Republicans in the state expressed skepticism of Vance's ability to introduce himself to voters in the state after being away for a while. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, in November.
Senate Majority PAC, the Democratic super PAC, released a statement Thursday previewing some of the attacks Renacci is likely to encounter.
Though just a month ago, Renacci announced he would bring on Cincinnati council member Amy Murray as a running mate for governor, in recent weeks Renacci reportedly was waiting for an invitation to switch races.