GOP candidate who allegedly misrepresented military service says House Republicans ‘left the campaign to die’
JR Majewski, the Republican candidate for Ohio’s 9e The Congressional District said Friday that Republican establishment leaders are to blame for the party’s performance in the midterm elections this year, not former President Trump.
majewski said in a post in the right-wing outlet The National Pulse that House Republicans ditched him and “let the campaign die” before losing to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) this week.
He said the corporate media is trying to perpetuate a “myth” that Trump cost the GOP seats in Congress, but it’s a “complete lie” and ignores that “McLeadership,” an apparent reference to the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is defeating Trump-backed candidates.
Majewski said the local GOP shunned him in the primary and tried to prevent Trump from endorsing him. He said the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) had only given him “passive” support and dragged its feet in helping him.
Trump has come under fire in recent days over the GOP’s midterm performance, in which the party hoped to make sweeping gains in Congress. But the party will likely only win a slim majority in the House and may not overthrow the Senate.
GOP strategists and aides have accused Trump of hurting the party’s chances and backing weak candidates.
Majewski said the NRCC assigned him a field manager who demanded to create and review his campaign budget, which left him dependent on the committee for all television and radio advertising.
Majewski said the NRCC also didn’t want him talking about Trump and threatened to pull campaign funds if he didn’t follow their messages.
He said the NRCC asked him how to react when the Associated Press reported that Majewski had misrepresented his military service, concluding that he had never been deployed to Afghanistan despite his claims.
Majewski said NRCC staff wrote him a response he disagreed with, and AP, according to the report, did not directly respond to questions about his service.
“The story didn’t have much impact locally, but nationally. What had the most impact was the fact that the NRCC let the campaign die,” he said.
The NRCC pulled ads for Majewski after the report. He said NRCC management apologized to him, admitting removing the adverts was a mistake and told him he could still win the race.
“Looking back, I realize it was all just an effort to keep an eye on me,” he said.
Majewski said Trump held several rallies in Ohio and constantly invited him to attend and speak at them, trying to help him win.
“Donald Trump’s record speaks for itself,” he said. “And the McLeaderships too.”
A spokesperson for the NRCC did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.