• The Ohio Republican Party is nothing but a third arm of the Kasich presidential campaign

    by  • January 6, 2016 • Uncategorized • 11 Comments

    Chrissie Thompson of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Ohio Republican Party is planning to endorse John Kasich for President.

    In an open primary. Two months before Ohio’s primary election.

    COLUMBUS — The Ohio Republican Party’s governing body plans to vote Friday to endorse Gov. John Kasich’s presidential bid, an unusual step more than two months ahead of the state’s March 15 primary.

    State parties and chairpeople around the country, especially in early-voting states, often try to stay neutral in the presidential race, preferring to support the candidate their voters elect. An Ohio Republican Party spokeswoman acknowledged the party’s plan is unusual in an open primary and as compared with other state parties in 2016, but said it falls within the party’s bylaws.

    This is not done unless the candidate is an incumbent Republican president. It’s unprecedented. It’s especially egregious that it is being done by the state party hosting the Republican National Convention. I wonder how Reince Priebus feels about this…

    I suppose we should have seen this coming all along. There has never been any attempt to hide the fact that the ORP has been set up to be an arm of the Kasich presidential campaign.

    Last May, Chairman Matt Borges furiously lashed out at Treasurer Josh Mandel for daring to support somebody for president who wasn’t John Kasich, even though Kasich didn’t even announce his candidacy until three months later.

    Borges said Mandel should’ve sat and waited to see if Kasich would run, and then fallen in line and endorsed Kasich. Because Mandel endorsed Rubio instead, Borges labeled him a “bit player”.

    Now the party is attempting to do the same thing with Ohio’s Republican voters. They are sending a message that if you are a Republican, and aren’t planning to vote for Kasich in March, that you are out of line with the Ohio Republican Party.

    These are the kind of tactics that are driving some people to support candidates like Donald Trump. As much as they are opposed to Trump and as much as they want to stop him, it’s amazing that they are so absolutely tone deaf as to pull a stunt like this.

    But that’s today’s ORP, folks. And don’t doubt for a second that Kasich hasn’t given this his blessing. They wouldn’t dare do it if he was opposed to it.

    It’s one more reason I will never donate a penny to the Ohio Republican Party, and neither should you. Give your donations directly to the candidates you want to help instead.

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    11 Responses to The Ohio Republican Party is nothing but a third arm of the Kasich presidential campaign

    1. January 6, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      Unfortunately this is par for the course for the Ohio GOP. Their #1 job should be ensuring that they peak in November to give us the best possible odds of carrying Ohio for the GOP nominee. Instead they want to turn people away from the party to help Kasich.

      In the most recent Ohio poll, 13% of Ohio Republicans support Kasich while 87% don’t. The Ohio Republican Party should remember they need to appeal to the 87% of us who don’t prefer Kasich as the party’s nominee.
      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/oh/ohio_republican_presidential_primary-4077.html

    2. Fred Sokol
      January 6, 2016 at 11:28 PM

      Hello Nick,
      The Ohio Republican Party does appear desperate. Yet the people of Ohio need to be heard. This suggests to me someone is trying to make Kasich the Ohio Republican “primary vote firewall” to Trump winning Ohio’s Republican Delegates? Assumed if Kasich wins Ohio could Kasich go to the Republican Convention and broker his Ohio Delegate Votes to another candidate? Now in my opinion ‘brokering votes’ at the Republican Convention is truly undermining the ‘Will of the People”. The Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio is going to be fun to watch. Get the popcorn and television recorder ready!
      Happy New Year 2016.
      Fred Sokol, Rocky River, Ohio

      • Bernie Daniel
        January 7, 2016 at 5:43 PM

        “Now in my opinion ‘brokering votes’ at the Republican Convention is truly undermining the ‘Will of the People”.

        I totally agree Fred a “brokered convention” would definitely undermine the will of the voters. The republican party is doing all it can to get down in the mud and reach a levels of corruption, and cynicism that the democrats are famous for.

        But not to worry I believe that there is very little chance that Matt Borges and the ORP will succeed in holding on to Ohio for the Kasich delegates.

    3. Bryan
      January 7, 2016 at 9:54 AM

      Just another example of why I quit supporting “The Party” some time ago. Now, I just support candidates. And that does not include “I wanna expand Medicaid no matter what the people or the legislature say” Kasich or “I changed my position on so-called gay marriage because I don’t want to hurt my (disordered) son’s feelings” Portman. I also don’t support “never mind that I was an Equality Ohio LGBT lobbyist, I fully support marriage between one man and one woman now” Matt Borges.

    4. Bernie Daniel
      January 7, 2016 at 5:28 PM

      “It’s one more reason I will never donate a penny to the Ohio Republican Party, and neither should you. Give your donations directly to the candidates you want to help instead”

      Great advice! I’ve been doing just that for several years now. Matt Borges is the best thing to come along for Ohio democrats in years. With Borges and his cronies in charge of the ORP the democrats have a real chance at making comeback in Ohio next fall.

      • Jason
        January 8, 2016 at 9:14 PM

        “Great advice! I’ve been doing just that for several years now. Matt Borges is the best thing to come along for Ohio democrats in years.”

        All that has happened since Matt Borges became Chairman:

        Ohio secured the RNC in Cleveland, re-elected all statewide candidates in 2014, increased majorities in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate, secured a GOP Primary debate and the first debate of the general election. Yup. Definitely good for the Democrats

        • Bernie Daniel
          January 10, 2016 at 5:17 PM

          LOL Jason!

          The republican national convention and an presidential debate should be considered meaningful “victories” for conservatives in Ohio?

          As contrast to getting controls on public wage negotiations (no!), or pension reforms (no!), or securing State right to work status (no!) or removing Common Core (no!) or serious reforms of the election state process (no!).

          How many statewide offices did the democrats hold going INTO the 2014 elections? What is more, Borges and the ORP had no competition in 2014 and about all they accomplished was a statewide consolidation of power.

          The biggest single reasons for the GOP successes in Ohio were two-fold: 1) the democrats ran Ed (no driver’s license) Fitzgerald at the top of the ticket and 2) nationally Obama was about as popular as dog meat. You give Matt Borges and the ORP credit for those factors?

          Conservatives turned out strong nationally (including Ohio) in 2014 to gain control of Congress and to rein in Obama.

          Conservative voters provided the fuel for a 2014 election route but it was a victory at the polls that gained them little in return as they were promptly betrayed by the Congressional republicans (Boehner, McConnell et al.) in DC. And for that matter what have conservatives gained from ~8 years of John Kasich and a republican statehouse? IMO, if you said “not much”, you would be close.

          So in my opinion, it would have been hard for the ORP to have failed in 2014 (democrats stayed home) and thus little of that success can be laid the feet of Borges or the ORP.

          Now that conservatives have been back-stabbed AGAIN by the GOP, both, nationally and statewide, it remains to be seen who turns out on November 8, 2016 to vote.

          I suggest that, sadly, you might be singing a different tune on Tuesday evening November 8, 2016?

          • Bryan
            January 10, 2016 at 7:20 PM

            +100 Bernie – I agree completely

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