Author and CNN contributor J.D. Vance is considering running for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, now that Republican frontrunner Josh Mandel has withdrawn from the race, reports BuzzFeed.
“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Friday,” said Jai Chabria, an adviser to Vance who joined him in Washington this week for meetings with those encouraging his candidacy.
“The amount of support for J.D. Vance is incredible,” Chabria told BuzzFeed News. “People are starting to realize he has the best message to beat [Democratic incumbent] Sherrod Brown. J.D. is giving serious consideration toward this, because there are very serious people asking him to run.”
Vance has not responded to CNN’s repeated requests for comment, the network noted in its report.
Presumably, should Vance run, CNN will suspend their contributor arrangement with him.