Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Ohio, traveled to Hollywood, Calif., on Wednesday to raise money for his efforts to defeat Republican nominee JD Vance.
A group of “Hollywood-type people who care about politics” will attend the fundraiser, said organizer Jay Sures, vice president and board member of United Talent Agency.
Ryan will also headline a Thursday morning rally with other Hollywood elites, The Wrap reported. Several Hollywood actors and producers will attend both events.
As The Wrap reported:
Co-chairs of the event include Peter Benedek, founding partner and board member of UTA, Craig Hunegs, operating partner of private equity firm ZMC, and Hunegs’ wife, Sara Goodman, television producer who worked on “Gossip Girl” and “I Know What You.” Did last summer.
On Thursday, Ryan will headline a morning rally co-hosted by actor Brian Tyler Cohen, comedian Howie Mandel and his wife Susan, “Seal Team” producer Sarah Timberman, “21 Jump” producer Street” David Levinson and his wife Ellie Herman, a television writer/producer who worked on “Jericho,” “Desperate Housewives” and “The $treet.”
Sures said his motivation for getting involved in the Ohio Senate race was because he disliked Vance, whom former President Donald Trump endorses.
“I don’t like JD Vance. He’s a full Trump guy denying the election,” Sures told The Wrap.
Interestingly, Ryan used the “ongoing public health emergency” as an excuse to avoid voting in the House and to justify proxy voting while he traveled to Hollywood to raise money for his campaign.
“I am unable to physically attend the proceedings in the Chamber of the House due to the ongoing public health emergency, and I hereby authorize proxy voting authority to the Honorable Representative Madeleine Dean (PA-4), who has agreed to serve as my proxy,” Ryan wrote to the House Clerk in a letter sent Wednesday.
Rep. Ryan’s trip to Hollywood also took place on the same day as his campaign offensive Vance for “not usually” being in Ohio.
Vance’s campaign called Ryan a “brazen hypocrite” for accusing Vance of spending time out of Ohio while he raises funds in Hollywood.
“Once again, Tim Ryan has shown Ohio that he is a shameless hypocrite. The people of Ohio should expect nothing less from a career politician who has spent 20 years in Washington with no accomplishments. to demonstrate,” Vance’s campaign spokesperson told Breitbart News.
Vance and Ryan recently agreed to debate twice ahead of November’s midterm elections. Senate candidates will debate once on October 10 and again a week later on October 17.
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