U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi has decided not to run in Ohio’s upcoming Senate race.
The nine-term Republican congressman from Delaware County announced his decision Tuesday, May 16, after amassing a $6.3 million war chest.
Tiberi, 54, was seen as a potential general election threat to Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, who faces re-election next year. Tiberi’s moderate stances and support from the GOP establishment would have been contrasted with the veteran Brown’s liberal voting record. He is expected to run for re-election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, which he has represented since 2001.
The remaining Brown challenger, Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, is running as an ultra-conservative in his re-match against the incumbent senator. Tiberi has declined to endorse Mandel for the GOP nomination.
“Even in deciding to forgo a senate bid, Pat Tiberi became the latest in a long line of Ohio Republicans to go out of their way to openly question Josh’s record and ability to mount a credible campaign,” Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jake Strassberger said in a statement. “While we’re confident that Sherrod Brown would have defeated Tiberi in a general election, we agree with him on one point: Josh Mandel has a ton of ‘baggage.’”
“Since the beginning of this new congressional term, I have been immersed in leading the historic effort to reform our failing healthcare system and fix our broken tax code,” Tiberi said in a statement. He was humbled by the encouragement he received to run, but adds he can’t “make the most difference” for Ohioans and “be the husband, father and son he wants to be” while embarking on a statewide campaign.
Tiberi has four young daughters, including seven-year-old triplets.
Information from the Associated Press and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer was used in this story.