Written By: Ishton W. Morton – November 16th, 2020
On Monday, November 16th, 2020 according to CNN News Ohio Republican Governor Mike DeWine found himself being on the receiving end of criticized by President Donald Trump while being praise by President-Elect Joe Biden as a result of early focus on the up-coming 2022 elections.
According to DeWine this all started when Trump appeared to suggest in a tweet that DeWine needed a primary challenger.
Subsequently, Trump’s remark came only a day after DeWine said on CNN that Trump should begin a transition to Biden, repeating a statement he put out last week that set him apart from many other Republican officeholders.
“Who will be running for Governor of the Great State of Ohio? Will be hotly contested!,” the president tweeted.
Apparently, on Sunday when DeWine about Trump he responded; “he has every right to go into court with evidence, but added, it’s clear that, certainly based on what we know now Joe Biden is the president-elect.”
Pursuant to the question that was asked, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tried to answer the question without offending anyone. Surprisingly, in that exchange, the Governor made it clear that he voted for trump.
Seemingly as a result, later on Monday, Biden gave a shout-out to DeWine as a leader among conservative Republicans for his proactive efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
According to DeWine; “Every retail employee has the right to work in an environment that is as safe as can be, which means all customers must wear masks. Further, each Ohioan who goes out to shop has the right to know that every store they enter will be safe and the people they encounter in that store will be wearing a mask,” said DeWine. “We know that masks work. They are the easiest, most cost-effective way to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
Nonetheless, speculation of disconcert by a Trump’s loyalist that DeWine might attract a primary challenger from the right because of dissatisfaction among conservative Republican lawmakers over his handling of the coronavirus, including a statewide mask mandate, a 10 P.M. curfew for bars and restaurants, and strict limits on gatherings. Among names mentioned have been former U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, a former Wadsworth mayor who ran briefly for governor in 2018, or U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, a bulldog for Trump’s agenda in Congress.
However, in a statement Monday DeWine had this to say; “I always had a “great working relationship with the president.”
He continued to say; “I am proud to have served as President Trump’s Campaign Co-Chairman in Ohio where we won by the largest margin of any swing state in the country. And I intend to run a winning campaign for governor in 2022.”