A farmer from rural Ohio who left his post as chairman of a local Republican Party is launching an exploratory committee to weigh a campaign to unseat one of the President’s biggest defenders in Congress – Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Urbana).
Chris Gibbs, a 61-year-old grain and cattle farmer in Shelby County, voted for President Trump in 2016 but has condemned his agricultural policy and since resigned his post as chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, The Toledo Blade reports.
Gibbs is considering running against Jordan as an independent and plans to formally announce the launch of his campaign Wednesday.
Gibbs has made several appearances on cable news outlets to slam Trump for the trade war with China that he said has negatively impacted American farmers.
“Tariffs for agriculture have been devastating,” Gibbs told the Blade. “In northwest Ohio, [farmers] have had a heck of a time.”
He said he wouldn’t support the president in 2020 even if Trump walked on water.
Gibbs said he is ready to take on Jordan, telling the Blade that “people are tired of the vitriol in Washington, on both sides.”
“It isn’t just Jim Jordan. It’s the vitriol back and forth and the lack of ability to roll up your sleeves and get something done for the American people,” he added.
“Legislation is not wrestling. It isn’t pin and get points. Jim Jordan believes it’s wrestling,” Gibbs said, a reference to the lawmaker’s history as a state wrestling champion.