Jimmy and Dee Haslam Hosting Fundraiser for J.D. Vance? That Tracks!

Browns owners famously adept at assessing character of men to whom they pay huge sums of money.

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Fresh off the suspension of franchise quarterback and serial masseuse abuser DeShaun Watson, Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam will co-host a fundraiser for Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance, the Hillbilly Elegy author and venture capitalist born again as a MAGA firebrand. 

The Haslams will join Columbus-area orthopedic surgeon Dr. Peter Edwards, former JobsOhio Director Mark Kvamme, members of the dynastic Columbus Schottenstein family and others in the Sept. 21 event at the Athletic Club of Columbus.

Tickets range from $500 for individual attendees to $10,000 for the event chairs.

The Haslams have long been faithful Republican donors and have contributed handsomely to Ohio statewide candidates and Republican Political Action Committees in 2021 and 2022.  Proceeds from the Sept. 21 fundraiser, in fact, will be split between Vance and the Ohio Republican Party.

In a Wednesday email, a lifeless Vance invited Columbus-area donors to the Sept. 21 event and another, Wednesday night, at the Scioto Country Club. 

"We’re now just 68 days out from Election Day, and I hope to have your help in the final stretch," the email read. "Recent polling shows that I am ahead, but we have to keep pushing to compete with the millions of dollars being spent by my opponent [Democrat Tim Ryan]. If I have the funds to stay on the air and get my message out, I will win."

Vance's message emerges from an adopted extremist social conservativism that includes such hallmarks as supporting total bans on abortion and porn. In one controversial appearance — at a Christian high school — Vance was railing against divorce and the disintegration of the nuclear family and implied that women in unhappy "or even violent" marriages should remain in them to prevent dysfunction and future unhappiness for their children. He has run what some Republican strategists and commentators have called "the worst campaign you can possibly run." 

For the Haslams, filthy rich Tennesseans who have proven so adept, recently, at investigating the character of men they lavish enormous quantities of money upon, support for the pervert Vance is only natural.   

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Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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