PORTRAIT – Joined the ex-president, the author of a book on those forgotten by the crisis will be the Republican candidate for the Senate.
James D. Vance’s victory in the Republican senatorial primaries in Ohio on May 3 was also that of Donald Trump. The support given a few weeks earlier by the former president to this candidate with no political experience enabled him to win this disputed primary with a narrow lead. Vance now has every chance of entering the Senate after the midterm elections next November.
Before this remarkable entrance on the American political scene at the age of 37, J. D. Vance was already a national celebrity. His book of Memoirs, Hillbilly Elegant (published in French under the title Hillbilly Elegy), had created a sensation when it was released in the summer of 2016. The publication of this autobiographical story had coincided with the victorious campaign of Donald Trump. In a shocked America, Vance’s book then appeared as a revelation. For the media, who had not seen the economic, social and cultural disarray of a…