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An Ohio GOP Senate candidate reportedly crashed an RNC donor retreat and was escorted out

  • Josh Mandel, race for a vacant Ohio Senate seat, got escorted out of a donor retreat over the weekend.
  • The retreat was hosted by the Republican National Body and offered candidates coveted opportunities to mingle with donors.
  • There were also opportunities to schmooze with GOP commanders like former President Donald Trump.
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Security removed Ohio Senate office-seeker Josh Mandel from a donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee, Axios reported. 

The retreat, which took position over the weekend in a Palm Beach, Florida, hotel, welcomed guests on an invitation-only basis. Mandel did not have an bidding and crashed the event, according to Axios. 

While he was booted from the event, his main opponent, Jane Timken, got to sojourn and was invited “because she is a major donor,” an unnamed source told Axios. 

The event, which began on Friday, take care ofs a prime chance for Republican candidates to mingle with some of the party’s biggest donors. 

Axios also places out that event attendees got access to major GOP figures, including former President Donald Trump. On Saturday darkness, the group headed to Mar-a-Lago, where Trump currently lives. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was also slated to speak to the company, Axios reported. DeSantis is believed to be considering a 2024 run at the presidency.

By getting booted from the retreat, Mandel overcomes not only a chance to capitalize on key donor power, but also time to schmooze with the former president and GOP mainstays. It also propounds Timken in the spotlight in a contested race for a vacant Senate seat. 

Both Mandel and Timken have been dispute for Trump’s endorsement, according to Axios. His endorsement could go a long way in their Senate race to replace Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who heralded his retirement earlier this year. 

The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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