What Ohioans Are Reading: 'Questions Have Arisen' About Moreno’s Phony 'Riches-To-Rags-To-Riches' Story

Government and Politics

May 16, 2024

New York Times: Bernie Moreno, The Republican Challenging Senator Sherrod Brown In Ohio, Tells A Riches-To-Rags-To-Riches Tale. But The Reality Isn’t So Tidy.

Columbus, OH –  Following recent New York Times reporting detailing Bernie Moreno’s phony “riches-to-rags-to-riches” story, Moreno is facing even more scrutiny for lying to Ohio voters about his “upbringings and connections” as part of a “calculated process of self-creation.”

What Ohioans are reading about Moreno’s phony “riches-to-rags-to-riches” tale:

Axios Cleveland: A more complete Bernie Moreno backstory
May 15, 2024

  • 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.
  • The bottom line: To appeal to Ohio’s working-class voters, Moreno has downplayed his elite South American connections

The Washington Post: The Early 202: Potential candidate weaknesses
May 15, 2024

  • In Ohio, questions have arisen about Republican candidate Bernie Moreno’s background, including his family’s rags-to-riches story as Colombian immigrants.
  • The New York Times reported over the weekend that his parents were prominent, wealthy Colombians who came to the United States to help their children learn English and experience something new.

National Journal: Hotline’s Wake-Up Call
May 13, 2024

  • OH SEN: 2022 candidate Bernie Moreno (R) is campaigning “as an immigrant who made good, reaching out to Ohio voters with a stirring, only-in-America bootstraps story: arriving as a child from Colombia, taking a risk on a struggling business, and then turning it into a smashing success and himself into a millionaire 100 times over.”
  • However, Moreno “was born into a rich and politically connected family in Bogotá, a city that it never completely left behind, where some members continue to enjoy great wealth and status.”
  • One of his brothers served as ambassadors to the U.S., and another “ founded a development and construction empire that stretches across the Andes from the Colombian interior to its Caribbean shores.” (New York Times)

Cleveland.com: Capitol Letter: Deep Dive
May 14, 2024

  • The New York Times published a story Sunday examining Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno’s background, particularly scrutinizing the story Moreno has told voters describing his family’s decision to leave everything in Colombia that eventually led to Moreno’s success in business here.
  • The story says “the reality isn’t so tidy” and, doing reporting in Colombia and Florida, gets into details of Moreno’s wealthy Colombian family and his family’s early years in the United States.

SEE ALSO: Four Questions for Bernie Moreno About Phony “Rags-To-Riches Tale”; Bernie Moreno Faces Further Scrutiny For Phony “Rags-To-Riches Tale”; Moreno’s “String of Inconsistencies” Grows with Phony “Rags-To-Riches” Tale; WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Bernie Moreno “Under Fire” For Phony “Riches-To-Rags-To-Riches” Story That “Isn’t What He Says”; NEW: NYT Report Details Bernie Moreno’s Phony “Rags-To-Riches Tale” & Lies About “Bootstraps Story” As Part Of “Calculated Process of Self-Creation”