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Hagan says he’ll run for U.S. Senate in 2016

Published: Thu, April 18, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.

By David Skolnick



Angry that Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman opposed a proposal to expand background checks for firearms purchases, state Rep. Robert F. Hagan, a Democrat from Youngs-town, says he will challenge the incumbent in 2016.

“He’s ignored [a large majority] of the public who support background checks, and I’m disappointed with his lack of leadership,” Hagan said.

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 Wednesday that Hagan, who is term-limited in the Ohio House at the end of 2014, decided to run.

“I know he’s going to raise money from the NRA — who owns him, and lobbyists,” Hagan said. “He can raise all the money he wants, but I’m going to raise hell.”

Portman joined most fellow Republicans and five Democratic senators in voting against a proposal to expand background checks. Four Republicans supported it. The amendment needed 60 votes to move forward. It was approved 54-46.

Portman’s office declined to comment on Hagan. In a prepared statement Wednesday, 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. It “contains several provisions that would make it difficult for law-abiding Ohioans to exercise their Constitutionally guaranteed rights,” said Portman, adding he supports amendments to improve checks by “strengthening state reporting of individuals who courts have found to be mentally ill.”

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Robert Bennett said Hagan is “more than welcome to” challenge Portman, who he said is doing a good job.


1dano0513(9 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

hahaha....Hagan, what a joke! Only an IDIOT like Hagan can win in this one donkey town,Yeah but I agree, he wont fool the rest of the people.

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Wonder if Chairmen Mao Betras and Redfern will back Hagan. He'll need money and he doesn't have any.

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3harleydog(243 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Hagan what a joke. Why don't you just go away. No one wants you.

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4republicanRick(1476 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope Hagan runs. It will keep him busy for 2 years after he is term limited out of office. The rest of Ohio will never vote for the extreme leftist Hagan. He is a kook beholden to extreme anti-capitalists views.

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5NoBS(2263 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The key words, which you guys missed, are: " ... Hagan, who is term-limited in the Ohio House at the end of 2014 ..." He's gotta go somewhere.

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6dmacker(384 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Of course the senate election will be fought on more than one issue and in more than the Youngstown democratic stronghold. I myself will be embarrased to have the rest of the state see what we send to this election in Hagan. He is a real botton feeder at the political trough.
However, if 90% of the American public is for more gun control in the form of expanded background checks, as he and his cronies falsly claim, then he should be a shoo-in for the senate.
I expect he should be looking at a backup plan in the local political arena among those who appreciate the little guy.

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7Billyc1943(21 comments)posted 2 years, 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 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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8WilliamP(70 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Bob Hagan is an embarrassment to himself, his constituency, and to the Ohio Senate. He has the intellect a high school junior with failing grades, and the abilities of said junior’s dumb friend from remedial math class.

Youngstown will continue to get what it deserves as long as it elects morons like this to represent its interests in government. Call me crazy, but I prefer that my elected representative be intelligent, sensible and effective. He is none of the above.

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9papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

good for bob hagan. these cowards in the repub party who obviously surrport the nra and killing of children need to be kicked the hell out. run hagan, i'll vote for you.

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10polhack(129 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

I agree with Billyc, even though Hagan is an embarrassment. Maybe some banana clip toting homophobe will threaten Portman's out of the closet son thus helping the Senator to find his spine on weapon registration that threatens no one's second amendment rights.

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11Letstryagain(189 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

If you care, and I doubt that you care about much, I am a registered democrat.

Your comment about the repub party "who obviously support the nra and killing of children" is disgusting. It would be a much closer truth if one said those in favor of abortion supported the killing of children.

As far as Bobbie running for the US Senate, I wish he could get the nomination,it would be a cheap election for Portman.

I would like to thank you for a certain honor however, as your comment is the first one that has given me the pleasure, despite my strong respect for the right of free speach, to flag as being offensive. I hope many other readers will join me in expressing a similar opinion.

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