“We just really, really admire Rob Portman and we think Senator Portman is exactly the kind of leader America is going to need in 2016,” Parkes told Bloomberg. Longley said the senator seemed “genuine” and “optimistic” about America’s future.
But they are too late.
The senator announced Tuesday morning that he will not run for the White House in 2016. “I don’t think I can run for president and be an effective senator at the same time,” Portman said in a statement.
Parkes and Longley did not immediately return a call for comment about what’s next for them. Their last Twitter activity was Monday — a retweet of a Portman tweet about his “bipartisan energy efficiency bill.”
Will the friends shift their allegiance to another candidate?
Or maybe they just need to adjust expectations. Portman didn’t say he wouldn’t accept the number 2 slot on the GOP ticket.