(hat tip to Tim at Democracy Guy) Tim Ryan’s endorsement of Hackett holds, despite being a close friend of Sherrod Brown. Ryan was one who encouraged Paul to run. Russo has the jist of it:

Ryan, who represents most of Mahoning and Trumbull counties, is keeping his word and supporting Hackett – who he calls “a hell of a candidate” – despite his close friendship with Brown. Ryan said his conversation with Brown about supporting Hackett wasn’t terribly pleasant, and he’s in a “sticky” situation…”We needed a good candidate, and we found a really good candidate,” Ryan said of Hackett. “If Sherrod got in before, I would have been the first one behind him. Just because it got complicated and tough, you still keep your word.”

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