Senate candidate possibly connected to adult site profile endorsed by Trump

In the upcoming Ohio Senate primary election, Republicans are eyeing a prime opportunity to secure a critical seat in their bid to regain the majority. However, concerns have been mounting within the GOP about the potential nomination of Bernie Moreno, a candidate who has recently shifted his stance on LGBTQ rights.

Moreno, who received a coveted endorsement from former President Donald Trump, has come under scrutiny for a 2008 profile found on the casual sexual encounters website Adult Friend Finder. The profile, under the username “nardo19672,” sought “Men for 1-on-1 sex” and was linked to Moreno’s email account. His lawyer claimed that a former intern created the account as a prank, though some GOP officials remain skeptical.

Ohio, once a premier swing state, has shifted to the right in recent years, with Trump winning the state easily in both 2016 and 2020. The stakes are high for Republicans, who are just one seat short of a Senate majority, making the outcome of the Ohio race crucial for the balance of power in Washington.

Despite Moreno's previous support for LGBTQ rights, his current Senate campaign has taken a different tone, with him now aligning himself with groups that oppose LGBTQ rights, including same-sex marriage. His shifting rhetoric has drawn criticism from LGBTQ advocates, who question the authenticity of his values.

As the primary election approaches, the GOP faces internal divisions over Moreno's candidacy, with some party officials seeking to address concerns about his past and current positions. The controversy surrounding Moreno underscores the challenges faced by Republicans as they navigate a changing political landscape in Ohio.


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