www.newsindiatimes.com – that’s all you need to know U.S. Affairs 7 News India Times January 19, 2018 By Ela Dutt A n Indian-American who was among the youngest lawmakers in the Ohio State House, says he is consid- ering a run for the U.S. Congress to fill a seat being vacated by a Republican, after being approached by some Democrats. Following Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s announcement Jan. 5, that the special election to fill the District 12 seat, would be held Aug. 7, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Jay Goyal, 37, of Mansfield, Ohio, has been approached by “top” Democrats to run in the Democratic pri- mary. District 12, is currently held by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, who announced last October that he will be quitting Congress end of January to head the Columbus Business Roundtable. Goyal, who was 26 when he was first elected in 2006, and served three terms from 2007-2013, is seen as a good candi- date to fill the seat because parts of the district fall in his old stomping grounds. Goyal also served as the State’s House Majority Leader for a period of time dur- ing his six years there. “Some people have reached out to me and it’s something I am giving thought to and will make a decision shortly,” Goyal told News India Times in a phone inter- view fromMansfield, Ohio. He left in 2012 to help run the family business, Goyal Industries, a manufactur- ing concern that produces metal fabrica- tions, and has already been taking the helm of the company, something that would greatly impact his decision. The filing deadline for both the District 12 special election, and the November general election, is Feb. 7. Goyal will have to get through the May 8 primary where he faces a number of Democratic con- tenders already lined up to fight in the pri- maries. Ballotpedia’s “potential and declared” candidates list for the May 8 pri- maries includes five other Democrats and five Republicans. Last November, just days after Tiberi’s announcement about leaving, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee listed District 12 among its targets for turning Red to Blue in the 2018 Congressional elections. But Ballotpedia lists it as “safely Republican,” and the Cook Political Report describes it as a “Solid Republican” district. The Dispatch spoke to Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Jefferson Township, and Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady and “both said they would sup- port the 37-year-old Goyal, saying the ris- ing voter opposition to President Donald Trump could help Democrats win a seat held by the Republicans since 1982,” the Dispatch reported. “He is brilliant, a hard worker, and I can’t imagine not ever being on the side of Jay Goyal in any race he was in,” Beatty is quoted saying. “I consider myself a god- mother to Jay Goyal,” she added. She was the one who had recruited Goyal to run for the State House, she said. O’Grady told the Dispatch the young Indian-American was a “prolific fundrais- er” who “knows large chunks of this dis- trict very well, having represented” much of it while in the Ohio House. The 12th District covers central Ohio and includes Delaware, Licking, and Morrow counties, sections of Franklin, Marion, Muskingum and Richland coun- ties, some of the areas Goyal is familiar with because of his previous three terms in the House. Sources also told the Dispatch that other top Democrats like Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein were interested in Goyal. This was not confirmed by News India Times. Beating a Republican would be no easy task. District 12 has been in Republican hands since 2001, and in 2016, Tiberi won by a handy majority of nearly 67 percent. Goyal may well decide against competing despite his name recognition and the Cook Political Report and other analysts predicting a good year for Democrats, on Nov. 6. Reluctant to hint at what his decision might be, Goyal nevertheless praised the achievements of the five Indian- Americans currently in Congress – Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, Ami Bera and Ro Khanna, D-California; Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illiois; and Senator Kamala Harris, D-California. Calling that an “absolute achievement” Goyal added, “They’re doing so well and they are already leaders.” A graduate in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, with an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Goyal was recognized and received several awards including being listed in TIME Magazine” “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of American Politics” and the New Leadership Council’s “Top 40 Under 40 Community Leaders in the United States.” Several organizations recognized him as Legislator of the Year; He was one of two members of the Ohio House of Representatives selected by a bi-partisan panel to receive a fellowship for the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development; he received the prestigious “Eagle Award” from the Ohio Civil Rights Commission for his historic achievements in politics. During his term, Goyal was selected as an Honorary Member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Technology and economic develop- ment had been his focus while in the state legislature. He held several positions in the Democratic Party during his stint in the state House. The Democratic National Committee under then Chairman Tim Kaine (vice presidential candidate with Hillary Clinton), as At-Large member of the DNC, and in executive committees of the state Democratic Party. Former Indian-American State Rep. Considering Run For U.S. Congress From Ohio Twitter Former Ohio State Rep. Jay Goyal, currently president of Goyal Industries of Mansfield, Ohio. By StaffWriter n the latest ‘expose’ on the internal troubles roiling theWhite House, The NewYork Times reported that a top Indian-American legal advisor delib- erately misled President Donald Trump on whether he could fire former FBI Director James Comey. In a Jan. 4 article, “Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation” the Times said Uttam Dhillon, one of the President’s advi- sors kept under wraps an earlier finding that legally allowed the Commander-in- Chief to fire the FBI director even without cause. After a Congressional hearing at which then FBI Director Comey refused to answer a question on whether President Trump was under investigation on the Russia collusion issue, an “infuriated” Mr. Trump “began to discuss openly with White House officials his desire to fire Mr. Comey.” “This unnerved some inside theWhite House counsel’s office, and even led one of (White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn) Mr. McGahn’s deputies to mis- lead the president about his authority to fire the F.B.I. director,” the Times report says. That deputy was Dhillon, a former Justice Department lawyer. Dhillon, according to the Times, “was convinced that if Mr. Comey was fired, the Trump presidency could be imperiled, because it would force the Justice Department to open an investigation into whether Mr. Trump was trying to derail the Russia investigation.” But according to existing law, a President has the right to fire the FBI director without any grounds, something Dhillon knew as a veteran Justice Department lawyer who had worked with McGahn. “Mr. Dhillon, a veteran Justice Department lawyer before joining the TrumpWhite House, assigned a junior lawyer to examine this issue. That lawyer determined that the F.B.I. director was no different than any other employee in the executive branch, and that there was nothing prohibiting the president from fir- ing him,” the Times says, basing its report on numerous interviews with unnamed sources. “But Mr. Dhillon, who had earlier told Mr. Trump that he needed cause to fire Mr. Comey, never corrected the record, withholding the conclusions of his research,” the Times said. President Trump fired Comey May 9. Legal Advisor Kept Critical Information From President: NYT Report I Uttam Dhillon, legal advisor in the White House Counsel’s office.