Chris Cillizza has an article in today’s Washington Post that those of you following the congressional race between the incumbent Betty Sutton and Tom Ganley may find of interest — “Betty Sutton and the Big Spender” LINK. Part of the recommended article:
Ganley, a wealthy car dealer, had been running a quixotic primary campaign for the Senate against former Rep. Rob Portman this cycle before he was convinced by House recruiters to bring his candidacy (and his wallet) to a race against Sutton.
Ganley said he was initially attracted to the Senate because it was an open seat situation — Sen. George Voinovich (R) is retiring — but after receiving favorable results in a poll against Sutton decided to make the switch to the district in which he has lived for the past 37 years.
“If you think you can make a difference, you have to get there,” explained Ganley in an interview with the Fix after his race won our latest “Choose your own House race” contest.
Ganley’s candidacy has Republicans intrigued and Democrats worried.
At the heart of both of those emotions is Ganley’s significant personal wealth, which comes primarily from owning the “largest automotive empire in the state of Ohio” in the candidate’s own words.
To date, he has loaned his campaign $6.5 million but paid back (to himself) $3.7 million of that, leaving him with a personal stake of $2.8 million in the race. Of that, he has $2.7 million on hand.