Throughout his campaign for the open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, Democratic Representative Tim Ryan has billed himself being an old-school moderate who’ll operate for working families, common-sense policies, and traditional American valuesOhio values. But his actual voting record over nearly 20 years in Congress tells another story.
“Democrats aren’t right about everything,” Rep. Ryan said during an interview earlier come early july. He’s right, of coursebut a good cursory study of his policy positions leaves one wondering which issues he actually thinks Democrats are wrong about. In only the past 2 yrs, he’s voted to federalize elections, admit the District of Columbia because the 51st state, impose onerous new background check requirements on gun owners, and grant mass amnesty to an incredible number of illegal immigrants, along with co-sponsoring legislation that could restrict the proper of states to legislate on abortion, and voting and only President Joe Biden‘s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” Act.
Actually, Ryan has voted with President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 100 percent of that time period this Congressincluding on the $1.9 trillion inflation-causing “American Rescue Plan” that even liberal economist Larry Summers called the “least responsible” economic policy in 40 years. Unsurprisingly, and in recognition of his far-left voting record, Ryan has received the endorsement of progressives like “Squad” leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and held a virtual fundraiser with Hillary Clinton earlier this season.
Put simply, Ryan is hardly the pragmatic moderate he loves to play once the cameras are on. In a single ad, he claims he’ll “use either party to spend less and pass a middle-class tax cut.” Yet just days ago, he voted with Democrats to pass an enormous tax-and-spend packagethe misleadingly titled Inflation Reduction Actthat the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimates can lead to an elevated tax burden of $16.7 billion next year on Americans making significantly less than $200,000. In another ad, Ryan voices support for police, but in days gone by has said he believes there’s systemic racism in policing, and in 2017 voted against bipartisan legislation that could have authorized the death penalty for several convicted cop killers.
While he claims to value bipartisanship, Ryan in addition has called for a finish to the Senate filibuster rule, which may pave just how for unchecked one-party rule in Congress. Even on the standard questions, the Ryan campaign seems terrified of upsetting the Democratic baserefusing to state that men cannot have a baby and to provide a definition of the term “woman.”
Rep. Ryan in addition has been quick to tout his support for policies championed by former president Donald Trumpnamely certain trade and tariff-related issuesas proof his willingness to work over the aisle. But throughout Trump’s four years in office, Ryan only voted good president’s position 16 percent of that time period.
Another 84 percent of that time period, Ryan was voting against Trump sufficient reason for his fellow Democrats. For instance, while he’s been careful to notice his support for Trump’s USMCA trade agreement, Ryan voted against the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the legislation that set the stage for the historic economic gains seen before the COVID-19 pandemic. He also opposed Trump-backed bills that could have protected Second Amendment freedoms for veterans, allocated funding for the border wall, expedited the deportation of illegal alien gang members, and prohibited abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy with exceptions for rape and incest (he now refuses to state whether he supports any restrictions on abortion).
Ohioans deserve a senator who’ll vote making use of their interests constantly, not only on several select conditions that play well in campaign ads. With regards to Tim Ryan, the record is clearhe’s no moderate, and voters will not be fooled by his charade.
Shane Harris is really a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. He formerly served as a staffer in the White House and U.S. Senate, and is really a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. It is possible to follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_.
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