John Kasich, in his bid to become Governor, raised funds to get State Central Committee members elected to office. He was able to fill seats with members that were friendly to him and remove the sitting Chairman, Kevin DeWine. John Kasich's people replaced Kevin DeWine with Matt Borges, the one that is currently involved in the HB6 scandal. During Borges' tenure, he started the policy of using party funds, once destined to elect candidates, to elect State and County Central Committee members that were friendly to Kasich. Prior to Borges, this policy was frowned upon and was seldom used.
In 2010, John Kasich's political temperament began to swing wildly from a center-right perspective to a center-left perspective. Teaparty activists and conservatives joined together to target the Ohio Republican State Central Committee and elect more conservatives to the committee to better represent the majority of Ohio Republicans. Kasich's handpicked Chair, Matt Borges declared war on the Tea Party and made certain that Tea Party friendly candidates would not get elected by using party funds to campaign against them.
Since a majority of Ohioans do not know what a County or State political Central Committee does, there was no political outrage. Many do not know what a Central Committee is because the party and political leadership purposefully do not want Ohioans to understand the political process.
Effectively, if there is no education on the importance of political Central Committees in schools and Universities AND party leadership may divert funds from political candidates to elect members favorable to the current leadership; then a political establishment is created that does not reflect the "will of the people" and reflects the will of the "political elites" within the party.
The current Republican party Chair has continued the policy of using party funds to elect candidates. This is by most perspectives an unethical and immoral use of party funds. Timken should be admonished for continuing such policies. Additionally, Chair Timken has removed the ability to contact State Central Committee members from the Republican website and the Ohio Secretary of State has refused to make this information of (currently elected members) easily available so Republicans can contact them.
We believe the policies below are very hard to argue with. That they are common-sensical. That these policies will accountability to registered Republicans rather than just the political elites. Please reach out to State Central Committee members and ask them to restore accountability to registered Republicans. We have an incomplete list of State Central Committee members, if you find better contact information, please share with us so we can update.