CINCINNATI -- Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of the United States' three First Sons, stopped by the Queen City Club for dinner Monday night.
Trump was attending a fundraiser for Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Renacci's Senate campaign, according to a source with first-hand knowledge of the event. In late April, Renacci received a Twitter endorsement from Trump's father, who wrote:
. @JimRenacci has worked so hard on Tax Reductions, Illegal Immigration, the Border and Crime. I need Jim very badly to help our agenda and to keep MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! He will be a fantastic Senator for the Great State of Ohio, and has my full endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2018
The connection is more than a tweet. Renacci's recent campaign ads have utilized a Trump-like strategy of billing him as "a businessman, not a career politician," in contrast to his opponent, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, on whom he also bestowed a derisive Trumpian nickname.
Brown has been a public official since his 1975 election to the Ohio House of Representatives, making him a longer-term politician than Renacci, who sports 19 years of experience in Ohio politics himself. He served as city council president and mayor of Wadsworth, Ohio, before his election to the United States House of Representatives in 2010.
Both men bill themselves as champions of the working class and Ohio small business owners. Voters will decide who they believe in November.