Prizm News / July 24, 2018 / By Bob Vitale

Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate in an Aug. 7 special election in Ohios 12th Congressional District, was unable until recently to identify any area in which he disagrees with Donald Trump.

Voters in Central Ohio will elect a new member of Congress on Aug. 7; early voting is under way.

 

By Bob Vitale

Donald Trump has given his “full and total endorsement” to Republican Troy Balderson in the Aug. 7 special U.S. House election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District. 

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And Balderson, a state senator from Zanesville who until recently was unable to name any issue on which he disagrees with Trump, has enthusiastically accepted. 

“Thank you for your support, @realDonaldTrump!” he tweeted in response to Trump’s one-exclamation-point endorsement. 

Danny O’Connor

Balderson’s opponent, Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor, seems thankful as well for Trump’s entry in the race. He has Trump’s Balderson endorsement pinned to the top of his own Twitter page. 

The issues where Balderson said he parts ways with the president, by the way, aren’t any of his anti-LGBTQ actions such as allowing doctors to refuse treatment to LGBTQ patients, moving to kick transgender Americans out of the military, backing the rights of businesses to deny service to others on religious grounds or letting school officials dictate the restrooms used by trans kids. 

O’Connor, meanwhile, has been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign. 

“I stand ready to fight for equality as a member of Congress,” O’Connor said. 

Balderson and O’Connor are in a race to succeed former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi of suburban Columbus, who resigned from Congress in January to head a statewide business group. Early voting has begun in the 12th Congressional District, which includes all or parts of Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum and Richland counties.  

The district includes a small part of Columbus; the suburbs of Dublin, New Albany, Powell and Westerville; and the cities of Delaware, Granville, Mansfield, Newark and Pataskala.

To read where the candidates stand on the issues Trump tweeted about, click this link to The Columbus Dispatch.

 

 

 

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.