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The most senior DEMOCRAT to break with Biden ahead of 2024: ad campaign criticizes President

‘I don’t work for Joe!’ DEMOCRAT rep. shuns Biden in campaign ad bragging of her ties to GOP – just weeks after she warmly embraced president for cameras

  • Marcy Kaptur, 76, has represented Ohio in the House since 1982, making her the longest-serving woman in Congress
  • Kaptur has voted 100 percent of the time for Biden and in June said she would support him if he runs for a second term
  • In July she was at Cleveland airport to greet him on arrival in her state, and he kissed her hand
  • Yet on Thursday Kaptur unveiled her latest campaign ad, in which she accused Biden of threatening Ohio jobs with his energy policies 

The longest-serving woman in Congress has become the most senior Democrat to launch an attack advert against President Joe Biden, accusing him of damaging job prospects in her Ohio constituency.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, 76, is fighting for her 20th term in November’s election, challenged by J.R. Majewski – an Air Force veteran who was a January 6 rally participant, and has repeatedly shared pro-QAnon material.

In a new campaign ad, Kaptur, who has voted with Biden 100 percent of the time and welcomed him to her constituency in July, directly attacks the president.

‘Joe Biden is letting Ohio solar manufacturers be undercut by China, but Marcy Kaptur is fighting back, working with Republican Rob Portman in protecting our jobs.’

Marcy Kaptur, who is campaigning for re-election for a 20th term, has criticized Joe Biden in her latest advert

Kaptur accused Biden of threatening Ohio jobs, and said she worked for Ohioans, not Biden

Kaptur accused Biden of threatening Ohio jobs, and said she worked for Ohioans, not Biden

Kaptur's opponent in November is a man who attended the January 6 rally and regularly posts Q-Anon material

Kaptur’s opponent in November is a man who attended the January 6 rally and regularly posts Q-Anon material

She says her rival opposes her energy plan, adding: ‘Majewski would let Ohio energy jobs die. But Marcy fights for every Ohio job.’

Kaptur concludes: ‘Marcy Kaptur. She doesn’t work for Joe Biden. She works for you.’

The criticism of Biden will sting: on July 6, she was at Cleveland airport to meet him as he landed in Ohio, and kissed her hand.

Her move to the right is strategic: Ohio’s remapping made the district she has represented for 40 years this year substantially more conservative-leaning, by taking away parts of the Cleveland suburbs and exchanging them western areas near the border with Indiana.

Biden is struggling to shrug off criticism of the economic woes facing American families, with inflation at a 40-year high and the country in a recession.

Biden kisses Kaptur's hand on arrival at Cleveland airport on July 6

Biden kisses Kaptur’s hand on arrival at Cleveland airport on July 6

Kaptur is seen talking to Biden on May 27, 2021, again in Cleveland

Kaptur is seen talking to Biden on May 27, 2021, again in Cleveland

Biden and Kaptur have known each other for decades: he entered the Senate in 1973, nine years before she was elected to Congress

Biden and Kaptur have known each other for decades: he entered the Senate in 1973, nine years before she was elected to Congress

Despite the job market being red-hot and the administration successfully bringing down gas prices, Biden’s disapproval rating is currently at 54.3 percent, with 40.7 percent approving.

Since Jimmy Carter’s presidency, only Donald Trump has fared worse than Biden at this point in their presidency.

Kaptur’s pivot away from him was rejected by Republicans, who said it was hollow.

‘No one believes Marcy Kaptur is standing up to Joe Biden,’ said Courtney Parella, National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman.

‘Kaptur has voted for Biden’s agenda 100 percent of the time, and her outright lies show she’s desperate to distance herself from a toxic president and her own failed record for Ohioans.’

In June, she told Fox News she would support Biden if he ran for a second term.

‘A lot can happen in two years, but if President Biden is the nominee I will support him,’ Kaptur said.

‘He is the individual who passed a huge infrastructure bill that helped a whole lot of people in my part of the country. Most presidents are unable to accomplish something like that in two terms.

‘So if and when he says he has decided to run for re-election, and it looks like he will be, I’ll vote for him.’

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