Democrat Ryan travels to Tinseltown to raise money

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), the Democratic nominee for the US Senate in Ohio, traveled to Hollywood, California on Wednesday to raise money for his bid to defeat Republican candidate JD Vance.

A group of “Hollywood-esque people who care about politics” will attend the fundraiser, said organizer Jay Sures, vice chairman and board member at United Talent Agency.

Ryan will also headline a Thursday morning meeting with other Hollywood elites, The Wrap reported. Multiple Hollywood actors and producers will attend both events.

As The Wrap reported:

Co-chairs at the event include UTA founder and board member Peter Benedek, Craig Hunegs, an operating partner at private equity firm ZMC, and Hunegs’ wife Sara Goodman, a TV producer who worked on “Gossip Girl” and “I Know”. What You Did Last Summer.”

On Thursday, Ryan will headline a morning meeting co-hosted by actor Brian Tyler Cohen, comedian Howie Mandel and his wife Susan, “Seal Team” producer Sarah Timberman, “21 Jump Street” producer David Levinson and his wife Ellie Herman, a TV writer/producer who worked on ‘Jericho’, ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘The $treet’.

Sures said his motivation for running in the Ohio Senate race is because he doesn’t like Vance, who endorses former President Donald Trump.

“I don’t like JD Vance. He’s a complete, election-denying Trump man,” Sures told The Wrap.

Interestingly, Ryan used the “ongoing public health emergency” as an excuse to avoid voting on the floor of the house and to justify proxy voting as he traveled to Hollywood to raise money for his campaign.

“I am unable to physically attend the proceedings in the Chamber of the House due to the ongoing public health emergency, and I hereby grant the power to vote by proxy to the Honorable Representative Madeleine Dean (PA-4), who has agreed to serve as my power of attorney,” Ryan wrote to the House Clerk in a letter sent Wednesday.

Rep. Ryan’s trip to Hollywood also came the same day his campaign took place attacked Vance for “usually not” in Ohio.

Vance’s campaign called Ryan a “blatant hypocrite” for accusing Vance of spending time outside Ohio while raising money in Hollywood.

“Once again, Tim Ryan has shown Ohio that he is a blatant hypocrite. Ohio people should expect nothing less from a career politician who has spent 20 years in Washington without any achievement,” Vance’s campaign spokesman told Breitbart News.

Vance and Ryan recently agreed to debate twice for the November midterm elections. The Senate candidates will debate once on October 10 and again a week later on October 17.

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write him down [email protected] or follow him Twitter.

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