Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D. OR) in support of his colleague, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D. OH) re-election campaign:
We cannot afford to lose even one Senate seat in 2018 if we expect to take back Congress and put a real check on the Trump administration.
And we definitely can't afford to lose Sherrod Brown from the Senate – he's one of the fiercest fighters for working families.
So it's no wonder Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is in the fight of his life in a race that Mitch McConnell has targeted as one Republicans can win.
You know what that means. Money from special interests will come rolling in to defeat Sherrod.
Sherrod's opponent is all in with Donald Trump in a state that Trump won by eight points. Democrats could lose this battle if we don't knock on every door, raise every dollar possible, and stand together.
Sherrod is one of my closest allies in the Senate. Nobody is a stronger advocate for good manufacturing jobs, for organized labor's right to help workers stand up for better wages, for consumers trying to fight off predatory lending.
When big Wall Street banks have looked to water down the reforms that ended high-stakes gambling with taxpayer-insured deposits, they ran into a brick wall with Sherrod. Elizabeth Warren and I count on one senator who we know can defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from the big bank lobbyists and their Republican enablers: Sherrod Brown.
The values that drive Senator Brown are the values he learned from his parents, a small-town doctor and a teacher. Let's make sure we do all we can to return Sherrod Brown to the Senate.
Ohio is the ultimate swing state, and there are very few senators the powerful special interests would like to knock off more than Sherrod. This is going to be an epic battle.