Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World News

Controversial GOP candidate in Ohio drops out after insisting he would not

A controversial Republican congressional candidate in Ohio ended his campaign days after insisting he was still running, amid a backlash over comments he made that denigrated people with mental disabilities.

J.R. Majewski said in a statement announcing the decision Saturday that he was confident he would win but that it was “inevitable that the Deep State will do whatever it takes to fight against me.” He added that he would devote his time to helping return former president Donald Trump to the White House this year.

Majewski’s name will remain on the ballot for the March 19 primary in Ohio, where early voting is underway. But his exit is welcome news for his critics in the GOP, who worried he would again jeopardize their chances of capturing the competitive seat held by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D).

Majewski first ran for the seat in northwestern Ohio with Trump’s backing in 2022. His campaign fell apart after the Associated Press reported that he had misrepresented his military service to voters.

Majewski had said Wednesday that he would stay in the race despite bipartisan condemnation for his comments on a recent conservative podcast. He said Democrats arguing with him on the internet was “like being in the Special Olympics.”

“No matter how good you perform,” he said, “you’re still a f—ing retard.”

This is not the first time Majewski has dropped out of the 2024 primary for Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. He did so last year, citing a family health issue, and rejoined the campaign months later.

His latest withdrawal from the primary leaves three Republicans running: former state lawmaker Craig Riedel, state Rep. Derek Merrin and former Napoleon mayor Steve Lankenau.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has endorsed Merrin in the primary.

This post appeared first on The Washington Post

You May Also Like

Business

Is being nice holding you back at work? One viral TikTok has young workers up in arms about the perils of being pleasant in...

Tech News

Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge Microsoft is starting to improve the experience of downloading Windows store apps from the web. The software...

Business

Boeing and Alaska Airlines have separately denied any legal responsibility for the injuries allegedly caused to dozens of passengers after a door-plug blew out...

World News

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) found himself in the most unusual place Thursday. He was the man in the middle, literally and figuratively, standing in...