Following a couple of posts in January, I've been happy to defer to more knowledgeable observers for ORP State Central Committee coverage. The inside baseball of this dispute doesn't interest me much, but Kevin DeWine's actions over the past two months validate the concerns I shared in December.
Yesterday Bytor posted a list of Central Committee winners, highlighting known losses for DeWine. Today ONN's Jim Heath tweeted a series of updates & questions about the post-election Central Committee meeting DeWine has scheduled:
This gets back to inside baseball: I don't know enough to comment on the good, bad, or ugly attributes of any potential candidates. I do know that instead of discreetly resolving his issues with Kasich and Speaker Batchelder, Kevin DeWine turned a dispute into a debacle - after pouring big bucks into electing his cousin Mike DeWine and his pal Jon Husted, dishonestly appropriating the Tea Party brand in the process.
Smoldering in the background is DeWine's implausible claim to have disqualified several Kasich-backed Central Committee candidates with a last-minute rule change. If DeWine attempts to block elected Committee members from being placed, this whole mess could get a whole lot messier.
Regardless of whether you think DeWine should stay or go, a vote of the new ORP State Central Committee is the only way for this fight to end. Friday the 13th can't come soon enough.
Cross-posted at jasonahart.com.