Family values Republican Rep. Jim Renacci of Ohio, currently running for an Senate seat, sees no problem with using a stip-club owner’s private plane for jaunting around the state to campaign events — which earlier this week included a meeting with evangelical leaders, according to cleveland.com.
> While deflecting questions about flying with Don Ksiezyk on Ksziezyk's plane to the Tuesday event in Portsmouth, Renacci seemed to acknowledge doing so.
> "I'm going with a volunteer, and no one's concerned about traveling with him or anything," Renacci said. "Again, it's so sad that we're worried about my travel, which is legal, but you won't report on Sherrod Brown's multiple abuses over the years."
Renacci’s campaign strategy has focused heavily on Brown’s 1986 divorce, during which his then-wife said he had been rough with her.
> She's since become a vocal campaign supporter of Brown's, saying her heated divorce "led only to angry words," and has denounced Renacci's efforts to highlight the issue. Brown has denied being violent with his ex-wife, as he has when the issue has been raised in previous elections.
As for Renacci’s travel habits, cleveland.com reported that flight records indicate a plane registered to the same address as Ksiezyk’s Peek-A-Boo Club in Cleveland flew to the same town on the same day that Renacci tweeted about meeting with “faith leaders” prior to a Scioto County Republican Party event.
> Renacci took the flight the week after the Columbus Dispatch first reported Ksiezyk had flown Renacci to events across the state throughout his campaign in the single-engine, fixed-wing plane. Renacci has reported the free travel as an in-kind contribution worth about $2,500.
> "He's a volunteer who... I met during the campaign. He asked to volunteer for me," Renacci said. "I'm not going to vet volunteers, and I'm not going to vet the press's looking at volunteers."