WE NEED TO ACT BEFORE THE FEBRUARY 9th STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING!
BY Tom Zawistowski
Last year when we backed Jane Timken in her run to become Ohio Republican Party State Chairwoman, one of the many reasons was because she made it clear that she did not believe that the Republican Party should endorse candidates in the primaries, as had been the practice in the past. She felt strongly that Republican primary voters should decide who will represent them in the General Election. To her credit, she has keep true to that promise and has not put her finger on the scale at any time during this election season, though she has been asked to do so many times. Furthermore, in October of last year, she made a proposal to hold debates for the governor candidates, again something that has not happened in a long time. We strongly support Chairwoman Timken in her commitment to respect Republican voters and allow for fair, open and transparent elections so that we can vote to have the very best candidates possible representing our views and values. We don’t want the Establishment picking our candidates for us!
Now, that being said, all of us need to understand a few important realities.
First, the bylaws of the ORP State Central Committee do not allow for the Chairwoman to just declare that there be no endorsements in contested primaries. Chairwoman Timken has acted at all times, over the past year, as a true leader should by not dictating anything to anyone, and by following the Bylaws to the “T”. The Bylaws require that a sub-committee first make a recommendation to endorse or not endorse anyone, then the entire State Central Committee has to vote on that recommendation. So your committee members are going to decide it they will endorse or not in the primary even though the Chairwoman’s preference is that they do not. Don’t get me wrong, many members have a lot of respect for Chairwoman Timken and will support her views, but they don’t have to do that.
Second, remember that Jane Timken was elected Chairwoman by the slimmest of margins last year – 33 to 32 with one person not in attendance. Many of those who did not vote for her are tied to John Kasich and Rob Portman and the Republican Establishment. That Establishment is going to want to have their favored candidates endorsed on February 9th and they will be working the State Central Committee members to do just that. Not just in the Governor’s race, but also in the Senate Race and perhaps even in some House Races. If we want to protect OUR right to fair, open and transparent elections, YOU are going to have to call or write to your State Central Committee Representative and urge them NOT TO ENDORSE in the Primary.
Below you will find a complete list of Ohio Republican State Central Committee Members, sorted by Senate District. If you don’t know what Senate District you are in, I have attached a map of the Ohio with the Senate District indicated. You will have two Representatives, one male and one female, that you can contact. Please take the time to contact them BEFORE THE FEBRUARY 9TH MEETING. We are fortunate to have Chairwoman Timken stepping in to bring much needed reforms to the Ohio Republican Party and she deserves our support for helping to create an environment that benefits us as voters. Please do your part by writing or calling your Representative as soon as possible. Thank you!
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