The top-ranking woman in the House GOP leadership announced her endorsement of former Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane M. Timken’s campaign for the 2022 Republican Senate nomination today through her E-PAC.
“I’m thrilled to endorse Jane Timken because she is a true America First fighter with a proven record of taking it to the establishment and delivering for the Conservative agenda,” said Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, who represents New York’s 21st congressional district and leads the House Republican Conference.
E-PAC is the congresswoman’s fund used to support female candidates for Congress.
The endorsement comes one week before Timken hosts a $25,000 per person fundraiser for the Elise Victory Fund, her congressional campaign committee. The fundraiser is set to be held at President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-A-Largo resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Timken raised eyebrows in August when she paid former New York City police commissioner Bernard B. “Bernie” Kerik $5,000 for consulting just before Kerik endorsed her.
Then, in October, Kerik attack-tweeted Timken nomination rival Joshua A. Mandel, a Marine veteran of two Iraq combat tours and a two-term state treasurer.
Stefanik said she was supporting Timken because she supports Trump.
“Jane was a crucial team member in President Trump’s fight to Make America Great Again, and I’m confident she is the strongest candidate to carry that America First torch and defeat Democrats’ Socialist agenda in November,” said the congresswoman.
“Jane is tough as nails, will always fight for what she believes in, and is a leader with integrity who will represent our Party proudly in Washington,” she said. “I ask every Ohioan that is ready to take our country back to join me in supporting Jane Timken today!”
Timken, who ran the Ohio Republican Party from January 2017 to her February 2021 resignation, was the hand-selected choice of Trump to run the party after Trump won Ohio in 2016, despite the organized opposition by then-Gov. John R. Kasich, a Republican, and his hand-selected chairman Matt Borges.
The current ORP chairman is Robert A. Paduchik, whose brother Jason Paduchik works for McKinley Strategies, a political consulting firm owned by Timken’s husband Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Jr. Her husband is also the former chairman and CEO of the Ohio-based Timken Steel.
There are two other major Republican candidates looking to May 3 primary and succeed retiring Republican Sen. Robert J. Portman, in addition to Mandel, James D. “JD” Vance, the author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” and investment banker Mike Gibbons.
According to the E-PAC statement, Stefanik founded E-PAC after the 2018 election cycle to recruit, engage, empower, elevate, and elect more GOP women to office.
E-PAC has raised and contributed more than $3 million to Republican female candidates, and has raised more than $1,000,000 this cycle, including $700,000 raised directly for GOP women candidates online, the statement said.
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