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Political Pulse: Ohio Republicans endorse Mike DeWine for governor; White House official steps down amid abuse allegations

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Ohio GOP officially endorses Mike DeWine for governor

With the primaries approaching in May, the Republican establishment officially weighed in on the race to be the party’s candidate for governor come November, handily endorsing Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in a 59-2 vote this past Friday.

Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine is running for governor and is up against Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, among others, in the May primaries. Credit: Courtesy of TNS

The competition to represent the party is between DeWine, a longtime party figure, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who has branded herself as the outside conservative, akin to President Donald Trump, going as far as to dub her opponent “D.C. DeWine.”

“Ohio’s future brightened today as the State Central Committee voted to endorse a pro-growth, pro-family candidate in Mike DeWine,” Jane Timken, the party’s chair, said in a statement following the vote. “Mike DeWine is the right person to lead Ohio boldly into tomorrow. The Ohio Republican Party is proud to support Mike DeWine, and we look forward to his victory in November.”

Taylor asked the party not to put its finger on the scales with an official endorsement, but nonetheless delivered a livestream message on Twitter with her running mate Nathan Estruth following the vote.

“At the end of the day it is going to be the people of Ohio that decide. It’s going to be conservatives that rise up with us as we go town to town and county to county over the next 88-plus days,” Estruth said. “It’s about time we actually took on the establishment in Ohio and in Columbus and even in the Republican party.”

With less than 90 days to go, the rhetoric is sure to heat up as Taylor continues to try and pin the establishment moniker on DeWine.

White House official steps down amid abuse allegations

White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned his position this week following news that his past wives, Jennie Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, accused him of physical abuse.

The physical abuse of women is also reportedly the reason why the FBI never gave Porter a permanent security clearance while he was working at the White House.

The White House first defended Porter, but after graphic evidence hit the internet as part of an op-ed in the Washington Post by Holderness, the tone mostly changed. Kellyanne Conway told Jake Tapper she had no reason not to believe the women. Chief of Staff John Kelly said when he found out the allegations were true, Porter was gone “40 minutes later.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray seemed to contradict Kelly’s timeline Tuesday, though, during his testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Trump, however, put out a tweet that issued caution in allowing a “mere allegation” to ruin someone’s life.

Pushing back against the criticism of his tweet on Wednesday, Trump gave a statement in a press briefing regarding domestic violence.

“I am totally opposed to domestic violence and everybody here knows that,” Trump said. “Everyone knows that, and it almost wouldn’t even have to be said. So now you hear it, but you all know it.”

Much is left up to debate, and Porter is still denying the claims of his ex-wives, but Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, head of the House of Oversight Committee, told CNN on Wednesday that an investigation was being launched to look into the situation.

2 comments

  1. Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    Would Ohio Republican party stand up against Republican candidates for govern for shunning Muslims’s Ohioans, by refusing an invitation to meet with them? The letter below was published by the Israeli Daily Haaretz on March 13, 2018. The paper’s website inhibits me from posting the links without being a subscriber. Sadly this letter was published by a foreign newspaper, but for Ohio newspapers, it was unfit to print.

    Ohio Republicans refuse Muslims’ invitation

    All contenders vying to be Ohio’s next governor were invited last February by the Council of American-Islamic Relations to a panel discussion and to meet members of the local Muslim community.

    All four of the Democratic candidates accepted the invitation and showed up to the event. However, none of the Republican candidates bothered to show up or even have the courtesy to respond to the invitation. Surprised but not shocked, I asked CAIR about the reason; it told me, “they did not respond to the invitation, period.”

    Later I learned from CAIR that one of the candidates did answer and said that “they would come if all the Republican candidates would attend.” Considering Republican officeholders across the country often accuse Muslims of refusing to assimilate into the American culture, I find their refusal to accept such invitations by Muslims to be not only un-American but also shameful and insulting.

    I am aware that many Republican officials in the United States consider American-Muslims not patriotic and backward, while having funny names and with the U.S. Constitution not applying to them. One U.S. Congressman from New York went so far as to say that Muslim-Americans are not truly American. Two years ago, another Texas Republican, a state representative, had the audacity to demand from her Muslim constituents that they swear allegiance next to an Israeli flag she left intentionally on her reception desk. Good grief, how do these two ill-informed idiots get elected in the first place?

    My advice to the Republican candidates is that excluding Muslims does not keep Ohio looking good. Instead of ignoring and discriminating against their Muslim constituents, candidates should engage Muslims instead of acting as if Muslims were a liability and not an asset. Perhaps they should visit some of the 88 mosques in our state. I am sure Muslims who consider Ohio their home will be more than happy to meet and greet them with open hears and open minds.

    Mahmoud El-Yousseph
    Retired USAF veteran
    Westerville, Ohio

    • Maybe it’s because the people of Ohio do not want to become another Dearfield, Michigan! As for CAIR, No one trusts them either!

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