This week’s midterm profile takes a look at Ohio’s Senior Senator, Sherrod Brown, the populist Democrat from Mansfield.
With Josh Mandel essentially being a shoo-in inside the GOP primary, Democrats nationwide are skeptical of Brown’s ability to keep up with his young opponent, whom he beat in the last election by a margin of six points.
Even though Brown comes from a state that Trump won in by a sizeable margin, his consistent fiscal policy and bipartisan work sets him apart from many Senate Democrats. When it came to Ohio and the Democratic firewall states in last year’s election, it was Democrats of a more liberal and seemingly distanced brand that led dissatisfied independents to go the Trump route.
Sherrod Brown definitely is not the polar opposite of Trump-voting Republicans. He opposed NAFTA when he served in the House and voiced dissent regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the Obama White House.
Unlike Trump, Brown has remained consistent in this shared regard—eager to point out the Trump White House’s dependence on corporate America, calling the White House “a retreat for Goldman Sachs executives.”
All in all, I’d say that Democrats ought to pay more attention to the races of Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, Montana’s Jon Tester, and Missouri’s Claire McCaskill. I’d go as far as to say that taking up a more populist platform and attitude like Brown’s might help them secure their seats.