Skip to comments.Conservatives revolt as gay marriage lobbyist appointed head of Ohio Republican Party
Posted on 03/23/2013 5:08:55 AM PDT by IbJensen
COLUMBUS, March 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) 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.
That's bad politics in a bellwether state.
"Never have I been more concerned for the direction of our state and country largely due to a failure in leadership, said former State Representative Seth Morgan, who now heads the Conservative Coalition. Why would the Republican leaders put themselves at odds with sound public policy and the platform of their own party?"
Governor John Kasich and every statewide elected official signed a letter supporting Borges. He also has the support of former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell and former Ohio Right to Life leader Mike Gonidakis, now a Kasich appointee to the state medical board.
Kasich said through a spokesperson that he still opposes redefining marriage and creating civil unions.
Borges faces troubles aside from his opposition to the Republican platform on marriage. His role as a lobbyist has raised eyebrows, given Kasich's strong denunciations of their wheeling and dealing influence.
Previous charges of unethical behavior are also an issue. In 2004, Borges pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of using his office to grant political favors to campaign donors of his boss, then-State Treasurer Joe Deters. Borges rebuffs the concerns, replying that he paid a $1,000 fine to have his record expunged.
Borges' selection comes as much of the Republican establishment seeks to change the party's stance on affirming marriage.
Jennifer Thieme, director of finance and advancement at The Ruth Institute, told LifeSiteNews.com that too few politicians are asking the most important questions: what is marriage, and what is best for society?
Those who favor redefining marriage seem to believe that marriage is nothing more than romantic feelings that the government incentivizes with tax breaks and federal benefits, Thieme told LifeSiteNews. The conservative view is that marriage is based on two things: the biological fact that sex between men and woman makes babies, and the social reality that children are entitled to their mothers and their fathers. This is an objective view of marriage, one that is also pre-political.
This view serves children best, she said. The other view serves adults best.
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The Republican Party isn't called the 'Stupid Party' for nothing; this title has been earned wallowing in the trenches with Democrats and homosexuals. Let's consider them all 'Log Cabin Republicans', tell them to put their logs back in their pants, zip up and move on to infest others who consider homosexuality just another society accepted form of love.
Idiots attempting to force this issue on innocents via legislation are agents of the totalitarian state and must be resisted with every ounce of effort.
I have not donated funds to the Republican Party in years.
I only donate to candidates who represent my values.
The rest of them can get their funding from puppet masters like Soros.
Romney has forced RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE and gay marriage
down the throats of the public who voted for NEITHER.
As Romney discovered shortly after he'd secured the nomination, if your first act in hiring on policy advisors is to reach out and find a homosexual, you will get your head handed to you!
BTW, it was too late by that time and he ended up with fewer votes than George Bush in 2004.
It's pretty clear that Ohio's Republican party has a governing authority overrun with homosexuals or their enablers, and they will continue to lose elections until they clear up that problem.
A new part pulling at least 20% support would be a nice message to send. Otherwise everyone should just sit out the new few elections. Hopefully none on this forum will condemn those who sit out elections or vote 3rd party. It really is the only message. They don’t think they can win without the faggot vote, it should be made clear that they have absolutely no chance of winning without the conservative vote.
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More and more I get the feeling that God is getting ready to treat the USA like Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. I don’t mean to speak for God but He has to be angry with what’s going on here.
Personally, I fully believe we are living the end times. I look at the sky and fully expect to see Jesus any moment.
I can only think this is a deliberate move to drive conservatives from the party permanently.
Am I being too conspiratorial as I wonder if this is also a deliberate move to remain a minority party? As in, we are really libs, but we must maintain the fiction that we are a separate party?
In any case, this is a message loud and clear that, long shot as it is, we have no choice but to go third party. 0% chance we will ever be the dominant policy force in the GOP.
RIP GOP. I will not participate in your slow and deliberate suicide.
We sent that message in 1992, with 19% going for Perot and not Papa Bush.
Clinton became President, but more importantly, we got a Republican Congress in 1994 as a direct result of the shockwave of the 1992 vote on the GOP hierarchy.
The GOP blew it all with Dole in 1996. Clinton should never have won in '96, but the stupid party allowed it to happen. Just like 2008 and 2012 should never have seen Zippy win.
2014 is the last stand of the GOP. If they fail to gain the Senate and fail to keep the House, it is over for the GOP, and for our nation.
So far, they are not off to an impressive start.
Third party is looking better all the time.
The GOP will not survive the present plan to abandon the conservative base.
Got a link to the petition that works?
The governor wants his cake and eat it too. Typical politician.
F-IN idiots, and they wonder why the base doesn;t come out to vote for these clowns anymore and what was the survey supposed to have been about .
WHat happened to reaching out to the base and etting the message out better.
The only thinkg here is that the leitist of the party or the liberal=tarians which are pretending to be republicans are trying to change the platform of the party
And when the GOP loses, you'll get the Karl Rove types going on TV and posting even in this forum that it is the fault of people like said conservatives, rather than the very poor choices of the GOPe.
the effete supid party GOP elites WANT deviant marriage to be impossed so they can dump the social issues.
effetes do not like morality.
Others have suggested that given what is going on in this country these days, God owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.
It's futile to Register as a Republican, as NO Conservative Candidate will EVER get GOP-e backing and be on the ballot, except as a write-in or bottom-of-the-pile/unknown/no State-Run-Media coverage also-ran.
I don't even want to be ASSOCIATED with the ONE-PARTY SYSTEM OF (R)RINO or (D)Dumbass/Parasite Parties.
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