The Ohio Republican Party wants you to support John Kasich as President of the United States. Friday, the Ohio Republican Party’s leadership, the State Central Committee endorsed John Kasich for President of the United States. If you are Republican, the State Central Committee who represents you as your connection to the state party – said that you support Kasich.
Is it any wonder why people are so angry? The State Central Committee is made up of 66 people, one man and one woman from each State Senate District. The purpose of the State Central Committee is to run the day to day affairs of the political party, elect the Chairman, fundraising and endorse candidates to support with money and coordination. They are up for reelection every two years. This March 15th is when they are next up for election.
In addition to the nuts and bolts of politics, a political party is supposed to be the standard bearer of principles the party represents.
Four years ago there was a big inter-party fight within the State Central Committee. In 2012, the Chairman at the time – Kevin DeWine – was forced out as Chairman by a group of people that were elected to the State Central Committee on Governor Kasich’s encouragement. Governor Kasich actively recruited people for State Central Committee that would support him and his political position in every way – and he achieved that goal. In 2012, enough of the State Central Committeemen that Governor Kasich supported won that they took over the party to elect our current Chairman Matt Borges.
Every office in Ohio is held by a Republican – they have super majorities in the Senate, a large majority in the House, all executive branch offices and a majority on the Supreme Court. Ohio should be in Republican nirvana, but it’s not.
Chairman Borges and the Republicans on the State Central Committee had stood by when Governor Kasich and the General Assembly supported Common Core, implemented and funded Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion, failed to defund Planned Parenthood, have not voted on making Ohio a Right to Work state, have not simplified the tax code, have raised taxes and have increased the spending in Ohio by 30% since Governor Strickland left office.
At the State Central Committee meeting Friday, 41 of the over 50 members in attendance voted to endorse Kasich – 80% of those on State Central Committee support Governor Kasich. In the last poll done in Ohio by Quinnipiac, only 13% of Ohioans supported Governor Kasich for President.
The State Central Committee want you to support John Kasich, and they are going to spend Republican Party money, that could go to other in-state candidates, to support John Kasich.
Principles are what make a party, not a person. It is understandable to have loyalty to Governor Kasich; he got many of the members of the State Central Committee elected – but is he the best representative of Republican values, should he be the Republican nominee for President of the United States? Some may think so, but it should be left to the voters.
The ‘I got you elected, you get me elected’ nonsense has to stop. We must have a State Central Committee that votes to support candidates that are the best representatives of Republican principles – the days of crony politics needs to come to an end.
At the end of the meeting, just to put a final stamp of approval on the endorsement, the State Central Committee voted to show the vote as unanimous.
Most disagree with you Ohio Republican State Central Committee – it is not unanimous to the rest of Ohio. Let the best Republican candidate win.