Conservatives Revolt As Gay Marriage Lobbyist Appointed Head of Ohio Republican Party

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The Republican Party of Ohio has appointed as its executive director a registered lobbyist actively campaigning to redefine marriage in the state, deepening the conflict between voters and the party elite. The move triggered swift backlash, as a coalition of 80 conservatives from across the state issued a letter warning party bosses they “will not support them” in the future.

The new GOP leader is Matt Borges, a lobbyist for Equality Ohio, the group pressing to overturn the state’s constitutional amendment against same-sex “marriage.” He was hand-selected by retiring state GOP chairman Bob Bennett, who has led the party since 1988, and is seen as Bennett’s heir apparent.

“With this letter we put the party bosses on notice that we reject their betrayal of the party platform and our conservative values,” said Tom Zawistowski, the executive director of the Portage County Tea Party. “We will not support them going forward but will instead support those who are true to our cause.”

The letter represents the views of a broad coalition, “not just liberty group members and social conservative voters, but rank and file registered Republican voters,” it states.

“Some of our Republican officials seem hell-bent on alienating conservative voters and volunteers, which reduces voter turnout,” said Lori Viars, Vice President of Warren County Right To Life, who also serves as Vice Chair of the Warren County Republican Party. “They ignore the GOP platform, choosing to put themselves outside the mainstream of our party base.”

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  • jandyreid

    The problem is that GOP hierarchy stays in power for so long. The fact that Bennett was in charge since 1988 and still is when you consider that his appointed heir is now in charge tells you what the problem is! You and I have little say.

  • DonMann

    WOW!! What the hell has happened to the Party? The so-called RNC , GOP handlers supporting amnesty for illegal aliens and now this.. I will NOT support any of them that advocate supporting these liberal views. That’s why I’ve just registered as an Independent Conservative.. Let them go it along, I will NOT support them.

  • Nels Tomlinson

    The Repubs are trying to reposition themselves to the left of the Dems, and are succeeding. A conservative can’t vote for a Republican any more.

  • So GOP , you want to be democrats, but you dont like it when its exposed.

  • Ive been saying since Bush pulled his amnesty with McCain that the GOP have become increasingly corrupt. Bush knew a bogus law was used to put border agents Ramos and Compean in prison and refused to pardon them. They shot a drug dealer in the butt and went to jail for the globalist open borders stand of both sides of our government. When will Americans wake up. The GOP is not the GOP anymore. The dems are not even the same dems my mom and dad belonged to. They are all globalists, right down to the population control and open borders to replace the murdered children with.

  • Linda

    Stop funding the GOP and start a 3rd party. or donate to known people of integrity, like Col West, and Dr. Carson, or Palin

  • Daninfla

    OHIO (AKA Gilligan’s Island) – Where ignorance is bliss and everyone is happy! It is a great state to be from, though!

  • Adam__Baum

    Gee, this wouldn’t have anything to do with Rob Portman’s recent 180, would it?

  • nancyleecole

    Guess what? Alot of Satan’s followers have infiltrated our County. Impeach him and they will go.