J.D. Vance for Senate?

vanceSome members of the GOP are encouraging J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, to run for Senate in Ohio.  They think he can defeat incumbent Sherrod Brown.

Here is a taste of a report from The Hill:

Vance, a 32-year-old venture capitalist and Marine veteran, rose to fame last year with his book “Hillbilly Elegy,” which recounts his life and family in Ohio. The book, however, is widely seen as illustrative of the white working-class and rural voters who voted for President Trump in 2016.

Vance, a graduate of Yale Law School, moved back to Ohio following the success of his book to start Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit geared toward addressing social and economic issues discussed in “Hillbilly Elegy.”

Vance told The Washington Post in December that he was not yet eyeing a run for office but would not rule it out in the future.

“I think that I need to live in the state for a while and get to know these problems a little better before actually doing something like that. Never say never, but it’s certainly not something I am thinking about over the short-term.”

One thought on “J.D. Vance for Senate?

  1. I really wish he’d “gotten to know these problems a little better” before putting pen to paper. It’s a shame the book everybody’s reading about Appalachian issues evinces so little awareness of the conversations scholars have been having about that very topic.


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