May 15, 2024 - News

A more complete Bernie Moreno backstory

Bernie Moreno (L) shakes hands with Donald Trump, wearing a MAGA hat.

Ohio GOP Senate candidate Bernie Moreno with former President Trump on Saturday in Vandalia, Ohio. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The way [Bernie Moreno] has framed his biography — and the material that he has omitted from the frame — reflects a keen awareness of the political reality in the Trump-era Republican Party in Ohio.
The New York Times

Moreno, who is running for U.S. Senate against Democrat Sherrod Brown, has frequently told the story of his legal immigration and rags-to-riches success in the United States.

Reality check: The New York Times recently revealed there's more to Moreno's upbringing and connections in Colombia than the narrative he projects.

  • "Mr. Moreno was born into a rich and politically connected family in Bogotá, where some members continue to enjoy great wealth and status," the Times reports.

Zoom in: Moreno's father was an accomplished surgeon. One of his brothers is the president and CEO of a "major construction and development conglomerate."

  • Another brother was the Colombian ambassador to the U.S. before being elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Yes, but: The Morenos were not fabulously wealthy from the moment they arrived in the states.

  • Moreno's father worked as a surgical assistant, and the family of nine lived in a Fort Lauderdale apartment.

The bottom line: To appeal to Ohio's working-class voters, Moreno has downplayed his elite South American connections and emphasized his entrepreneurship and street smarts in Northeast Ohio.


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