P.G. Sittenfeld, a 30-year-old member of the Cincinnati City Council, has announced in a telephone interview that he intends to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio that is currently held by Republican incumbent Rob Portman in next year’s elections:
P.G. Sittenfeld, a Democratic city councilman from Cincinnati, is the first high-profile entrant in the race against GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
Sittenfeld, 30, said in a phone interview that he plans to contrast his youth with Portman’s long tenure in Washington and urge Ohioans to support a “new generation of leadership.” His age, he notes, is “roughly the time that Rob Portman has become a creature of Washington.”
The Princeton grad, who emphasized his work to improve local public schools in his announcement, ticked off a list of policies he said would land Portman in hot water with his constituents — from his opposition to raising the minimum wage to his advocacy for trade deals he said put residents out of work.
“Rob Portman is Mr. Trade,” he said.
For decades, Rob Portman has supported so-called “free trade” policies that have destroyed the American economy (especially the manufacturing sector) and have left the American economy at the mercy of China and other foreign countries. Ohioans are tired of the Obama-Portman Global Trading Regime taking away their jobs and shipping them to China and other foreign countries. I’m glad to see a Democrat publicly call out one of the biggest free trade supporters in the Republican Party for supporting destructive free trade policies that have put millions of Americans out of work.