Republicans’ chances of flipping a rocking chair of the Ohio House took a hit this week after it was revealed that Republican nominee and JR Majewski, who was in attendance on Jan. 6, allegedly lied about his military service.
Wednesday that Majewski had misrepresented his military service. According to military records, Majewski was primarily stationed at an air base in Japan, but served six months in Qatar in 2002 loading planes in support of the war effort in Afghanistan. This contrasts with the language of his campaign, where he refers to himself as a “fighting veteran,” with a biography published by national Republicans referring to him as part of a “squad [that] was one of the first on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11.” The TBEN also found that Majewski had likely exaggerated his professional experience, as he could find no evidence to back up his claim that he was a “nuclear power industry director.”
The next day, it reported that the National Republican Congressional Committee had cut a nearly $1 million ad purchase in an effort to get ahead of Majewski’s Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving woman in Congress. (House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., .) Kaptur’s Ninth District, which stretches along Lake Erie in the northern part of the state, was redrawn ahead of this election to include more conservative areas. Former President Donald Trump won the new district by three points in 2020, making her a top target for Republicans in a race identified by unbiased forecasters as a toss-up.
Majewski disputed the TBEN report in a , calling it a “lie” and “slander”. He said his unit flew to Afghanistan to transport supplies and troops.
Despite no previous political experience, Majewski. Kaptur had portrayed Majewski in her ads as an extremist, noting that he traveled to Washington, DC for the January 6, 2021 uprising, although he only attended the “Stop the Steal” rally where Trump spoke before the riots and did the Capitol. don’t break through. A ask him to fund their trip to Washington to protest the confirmation of President Biden’s election victory. In a livestream after the 2020 election, Majewski called on every state that voted for Trump to .
for GOP Senate candidate JD Vance earlier this month, introducing himself by saying his pronouns were “patriot and ass-kicker” and referring to himself as “an ultra-MAGA candidate.” During the comments, Majewski said that “Democrats stole this country from us in 2020.”
Majewski first caught the attention of the national media and Trump in the summer of 2020, when he painted his lawn to look like a giant Trump re-election banner. He appeared on TBEN News to talk about his yard while wearing a QAnon T-shirt, suggesting support for the pro-Trump conspiracy theory based on the baseless belief that the former president is in the process of taking down a powerful cabal of child-eating pedophiles. to fetch. Trump praised Majewski and his lawn.
Trump did not formally endorse Majewski in the primaries, but spoke highly of him at a rally just before, saying, “He carved Trump’s name on his farm and those planes would pass over that farm. You know who I’m talking about. And he’s a great guy and he’s fighting for whatever he’s fighting for. I do not give a hoot. I love him, JR Majewski.” Majewski used part of Trump’s quote in one of his latest campaign ads. In June, Trump endorsed Majewski for the general election, praising his military service and experience with nuclear power.
According to Media Matters, a liberal media watchdog group, Majewski has also posted a number of QAnon-affiliated images and hashtags on his Instagram, including #WWG1WGA, short for the QAnon slogan “where we go one, we all go.” Media Matters also discovered that Majewski has close ties to RedPill78, a prominent QAnon influencer who has been banned from multiple social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, for promoting the violent conspiracy theory.
As a sign of how tight the race was, Kaptur criticized Biden for his policy on China, ending with a narrator saying, “She doesn’t work for Joe Biden; she works for you.” It was a change from January, when the 76-year-old explained, “Joe Biden is the first president in my life — and that’s one reason I’m back in business, because I’m going to help Joe as much as I can.” I can — I get that.”
Even with Majewski potentially costing them a seat, Republicans still prefer to win a majority of the seats in the House, with the data analytics site FiveThirtyEight giving them. The estimated that the GOP only needed to win six of their 31 scheduled toss-up races to regain control of the House. While the unpopular Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is expected to help boost turnout for Democrats, some party advisers are still