Portman a tough act to follow

Ohio residents received some disappointing news Monday, as U.S. Sen. Rob Portman announced he does not plan to seek re-election in 2022; and that he plans to retire from national public life.

Portman, a Republican, shares the frustrations of many Americans, as he explained extreme partisan politics are a driving factor in his decision.

“Honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision,” Portman said.

Portman has been good for Ohio, and he will be missed.

“Sen. Portman has been a key partner on helping Ohio with federal COVID-19 relief and other pandemic related issues,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. That’s just the start, of course.

But, as he reminded us, Portman is not done working just yet.

“I still have two more years in my term and I intend to use that time to get a lot done,” he said. “I will be the top Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and I have a number of oversight projects and legislative initiatives I’m eager to get across the finish line.”

And he will be free to do all of that without worrying about getting re-elected. He will be free to do his work with nothing in mind but what is best for Ohioans and the nation as a whole.

With nearly two years left to get that work done, those seeking his seat will have to remember Portman is going to be a tough act to follow.