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Angered over Portman gun vote, Hagan announces 2016 challenge



Published: Wed, April 17, 2013 @ 9:58 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Angry that Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman opposed a proposal today to expand background checks for firearm purchaes, state Rep. Robert F. Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, said he will challenge the incumbent in 2016.

“I am serious about running,” said Hagan, D-58th. “He’s ignored [a large majority] of the public who support background checks and I’m disappointed with his lack of leadership.”

Hagan added that he plans to be the “hair shirt” of Portman’s campaign, explaining the term means “a shirt that makes him itch, makes him uncomfortable.”

It wasn’t until Portman’s vote today that Hagan, who is term-limited in the Ohio House at the end of 2014, decided to run.

In a prepared statement earlier today, Portman said he didn’t support the proposal because he didn’t “believe it would be effective” in preventing shootings such as in Newtown, Conn.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett said Hagan is “more than welcome to” challenge Portman. Bennett said he doesn’t always support Portman’s decisions, “but if somebody agrees with you 80 percent, and he’s above that, he’s doing a good job.”

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1rickking123(288 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Go Bobby Go. Into retirement that is and forego your state pension too. Been feeding at the public trough for too long just like your brother Taxin' Tim Hagan.

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2Billyc1943(21 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Portman should be ashamed!

He voted AGAINST a gun trafficking bill that would increase the sentence of those convicted. Would he rather decrease the sentencing guides for gun trafficking?

Most of the people want to put convicted gun runners away for longer periods. Except Portman!

I don't care if it's Hagen or someone else that runs against Portman, I'l be glad to donate time and money to his opponent in the republican primary. And if Portman is able to win his primary I'll even donate time and money to the democrat who runs against him.

Portman, you are a shameful example of a senator from Ohio.

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3youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

this is a republican's best dream

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4bumbob(127 comments)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

Go for it, Hagan.

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5Bonezuki(2 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm sorry to burst your bubble but the only "gun traffickers" in this country are the ATF. Yet no one is being held accountable for that.

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6Billyc1943(21 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Do you think, even for a second, that Rep D. Issa, would fail to pursue the ATF if there was any proof of culpability?

You can inspire all the conspiracy theories you like, but to actually take action you need proof.

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