House Republicans pulled their ad for Ohio Republican JR Majewski, a MAGA-aligned candidate who was on Capitol Hill during the Jan. 6 riots, Axios has learned.
What is happening: The Republican National Congressional Committee withdrew about $1 million in ad reservations for the district, according to a GOP source familiar with its strategy, virtually ceding the seat to Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
Why is it important: The redesigned district of Kaptur — which backed Trump by three points in 2020 — once looked like an easy pick-up for House Republicans. The GOP now risks spoiling another race because Republican primary voters nominated an extreme candidate.
Details: Majewski, an Air Force veteran, has come under fire for sympathizing with the QAnon conspiracy theory movement and saying every state that backed Trump in 2020 should secede from the United States.
- The AP reported this week that Majewski misrepresented his military service, falsely claiming he was deployed to Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks. In reality, he spent six months loading planes at an airbase in Qatar.
- The AP wrote, “His post-military career was defined by exaggerations, conspiracy theories, discussions of violent actions against the US government, and occasional financial strain.”
Enlarge: Democrats have relentlessly hammered Majewski on TV for his extremist views. “He broke through police barricades at the Capitol, then blamed the police for the riot. Now he wants to break up our country,” a Kaptur ad reads. “He’s not only radical, he’s dangerous!”
- During his primary campaign, Majewski ran an ad saying, “I’m ready to do whatever it takes to get this country back to its former glory. And if I have to kick down doors, well, that’s exactly what patriots do.”
- House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) campaigned for Majewski last month, seeing his race as key to the party’s efforts to win back the House majority.
- Former President Trump did not endorse Majewski, but praised him at a rally in Ohio ahead of the disputed primary.