Earlier today Third Base Politics broke a story showing 40 Ohio GOP County Chairmen throwing their support behind Jane Timken, a Canton area Republican challenging current Chairman Matt Borges on Friday. When you look at the list of chairmen supporting Timken one thing is clear: not one is from a central Ohio county.
After watching the Ohio campaign activities during the Presidential race this isn’t surprising when you had a State Chair actively working to undermine the Republican nominee. Well, if it wasn’t the Chairman himself it was an underling most likely on his marching orders. Unfortunately for those involved, the target of the nastiness, Bob Paduchik was chosen for a leadership role in the new RNC leadership.
So it should be no surprise that after not just the twitter-stunt but his whole 2016 behavior that local Republican leaders are a bit miffed at Borges. One Chairman, also quoted in the above article, has written his own letter to the state central committee to communicate his displeasure, as well as his intent to be the member to nominate Borges’ replacement for 2017 and beyond.
In a letter passed on to us Columbiana County Chairman David Johnson, whom is also the State Central Committeeman for the 33rd district, expressed his frustrations with the Ohio Republican Party Chairman’s actions in 2016, as well as his intention to nominate Jane Timken to take over as ORP Chair.republican-state-committee-state-gop-chair-race
This letter shows how out of touch the ORP in Columbus has become: a stalwart supporter of Governor Kasich and the ORP feels that Borges’ actions have left him as a detriment to the continued growth of the Ohio Republican Party and that a change is needed. Chairman Johnson was very clear in his letter:
At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, it was very clear that Donald Trump did not have the support of our State Chairman. This is not hearsay. This is not conjecture. This is first hand, eye-witness account. I spoke with the Matt Borges about this, directly. He knew well how I felt about it. I had hoped he would alter his course.
The State Central Committee meets on Friday for a vote.