The rift among Republicans over the Ohio GOP's stance on major issues and its support of Gov. John Kasich is starting to look like a serious split. And some Republicans say they're ready to run away.
Tea Party leader Tom Zawistowski says he met this past weekend with the Ohio Constitution Party and is talking with others about finding a new political home for activists he calls “the force of the party”. And he says he doesn’t worry that this split is making conservatives look divided going into next year’s campaigns.
The Ohio Republican Party has a new leader. Matt Borges, the party’s acting executive director, will take over as Chairman in June. Borges, who was supported by Governor Kasich and Republican leaders, won by a large margin, 48 to 7, over tea party activist Tom Zowistowski. He says there’s a difference in goals between his supporters and party loyalists.
The presumptive GOP presidential candidate officially announced Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick Saturday.
Among those cheering is Tom Zawistowksi, president of the Ohio Liberty Coalition. He says he and his fellow Tea Partiers were surprised at the boldness of the pick, but are pleased because Ryan has aggressively promoted fiscal responsibility and limiting the growth of government. Zawistoski says with Ryan on the ticket those issues are now front and center….even if the plan still needs work.