Plain Dealer Editorial: “Those who care about the Republican Party’s future should not hesitate to … back Matt Dolan’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, in an editorial drafted hours after Matt Dolan announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, lays out how the stakes and dynamic of the race has shifted, and highlights how Dolan clearly stands apart from the rest of the field.

“Anyone wanting to get the political pulse of the GOP race to succeed U.S. Sen. Rob Portman next year need look no farther than how the leading contenders reacted to the Cincinnati Republican’s bipartisan infrastructure compromise that could steer billions to Ohio. They were against it.”

“Yet there is hope for those who want to reclaim Republican sanity in Ohio and find a levelheaded candidate with some of the practical conservatism and can-do attributes of Portman.

“His name is Matt Dolan and he has now formally entered the U.S. Senate race.

“More than a month ago, Dolan was already calling out the five leading GOP Senate candidates for letting down Ohioans through their unreasoning opposition to a bipartisan infrastructure deal that Ohio so clearly needs.”

“Dolan is listening. The Republican state senator from Chagrin Falls long has been the go-to politician statewide to chair the powerful Ohio Senate Finance Committee during high-stakes budgeting.”

“Dolan already has the strong backing of many in Northeast Ohio who know his ability to craft compromises and deliver on legislation for his constituents and all Ohioans, from the arts to education, property tax reform to balancing Ohio’s books.”

“Dolan stands out among the leading GOP candidates hoping to succeed Portman as his own person.”

“Those who care about the Republican Party’s future in Ohio should not hesitate to step forward — now, not later — to back Matt Dolan’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate. No time is to be lost.”

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