Kevin Coughlin statement on U.S. Senate race

November 3rd, 2011

The following statement was issued today by Lexington Strategic owner and former Ohio state senator Kevin Coughlin:

“Early this year I was asked by several people and a few groups to give consideration to running for the United States Senate in 2012. In April I created an exploratory committee, allowing me to raise funds to travel the state, test messages and conduct polling.

“The experience was worth the effort. I met thousands of Ohioans who care deeply about our country and we built the framework of a statewide grassroots organization.

“At the outset, I said my final decision on the race would be based on incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown’s vulnerability.

“I have been in Sherrod Brown’s situation many times – facing re-election in a swing district with popular sentiment running against my party. Job one is to position yourself to outperform the top of the ticket and survive a possible tidal wave.

“Senator Brown is consistently polling ahead of President Obama and about 15% ahead of possible opponents despite a very strong anti-Democrat mood in Ohio.

“That doesn’t mean Senator Brown cannot be defeated in 2012. But it does mean this is not a race I will be undertaking or asking donors to fund.

“State Treasurer Josh Mandel and I are meeting in the coming days to discuss his potential candidacy for the Senate. Washington’s inability to control its spending is scaring investors and job creators, saddling our kids with debt and making America less secure.

“I strongly believe that electing more fiscal conservatives to the U.S. Senate in 2012 is the key to getting control of government spending and putting America on the right track.

“Words cannot express how grateful I am to the donors, local party leaders and grassroots supporters who helped lay the groundwork and allowed me to give this race full consideration. Their support means the world to me.”

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