Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan gets an A+ in trolling for a tweet he posted Monday targeting his Republican opponent, J.D. Vance.
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) August 29, 2022
Ryan called out the Hillbilly Elegy author-turned-ultra-MAGA using Vance’s own web domain, OurOhioRenewal.com. The landing page greets online users with the message: “Ooops! This site no longer exists because J.D. Vance is a fraud,” and a notice that the page would redirect in 5 seconds.
Upon redirection to OurOhioRipoff.com, you are confronted with this page:
Note the site is listed as being “Paid for by the Ohio Democratic Party” and includes a list of lies told by Vance about his fraudulent non-profit meant to help the state combat the opioid crisis.
An article published by the Associated Press exposed Vance’s Our Ohio Renewal charity as a “sham.” Not only did the once popular author not provide help to Ohioans suffering from addiction to opioids, but he also sponsored a year-long residency at his organization for Dr. Sally Satel – a Purdue Pharmaceutical shill.
In 2019, a ProPublica investigation into the Big Pharma company’s marketing campaign to discredit claims of the dangers of the opioid OxyContin revealed Dr. Satel’s complicity in spreading Purdue Pharma’s lies and how she “pushed the company’s line that prescription painkillers were not driving this deadly epidemic.”
“Documents and emails obtained by ProPublica for a 2019 investigation found that Satel, a senior fellow at AEI, sometimes cited Purdue-funded studies and doctors in her articles on addiction for major news outlets and occasionally shared drafts of the pieces with Purdue officials in advance, including on occasions in 2004 and 2016. Over the years, according to the report, AEI received regular $50,000 donations and other financial support from Purdue totaling $800,000,” ProPublica reported.
In March, Purdue – maker of the painkiller OxyContin – was ordered to pay roughly $6 billion to families, and state, local, and tribal governments victimized by the pharmaceutical company’s aggressive marketing campaign.
When Our Ohio Renewal was founded after the 2016 election, Vance waxed poetic about helping solve the problem of opioid addiction in Ohio. However, Vance abandoned his commitment to the scam charity shortly after securing the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.
In an interview with Logan Daily News, Vance struggled to explain exactly what Our Ohio Renewal has done to help Ohioans struggling with addiction, saying the unimpactful charity only had “small grants and funds…here and there,” and that he was “focusing more,” on his Senate campaign.
Michael Beyer, a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, wrote:
“Silicon Valley millionaire J.D. Vance is struggling to explain what his sham non-profit has actually done to help Ohioans struggling with addiction and he’s already planning to do ‘less and less’ so he can focus on running for office instead. Whatever pathetic excuse he comes up with next, one thing is clear: Vance will do or say anything to further his own self-serving ambition.”
J.D. Vance’s popularity has taken a deep slide since aligning himself with the Trump-influenced wing of the Republican Party.
And after saying women should stay in “violent” marriages, it’s no surprise why. After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, women on both sides of the aisle are making their voices heard and taking it to the ballot.
By running a sham charity, Vances seems to have taken after his orange idol in more ways than simply rhetoric. Recent polls have shown Ryan leading Vance in the race for the U.S. Senate.
Now, let’s hope these current revelations increase the margin in the Democratic nominee’s favor.
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