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Conservatives revolt as gay marriage lobbyist appointed head of Ohio Republican Party
Life Site News ^ | 3/22/2013 | Ben Johnson

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.”

Follow this link to sign the petition:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ohioconservatives/


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KEYWORDS: mattborges; ohio; republicans; romneyagenda; romneymarriage; romneyroveincharge; samesexmarriage
Tea Party and Oath Keepers: here we come!

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.

1 posted on 03/23/2013 5:08:55 AM PDT by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

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.


2 posted on 03/23/2013 5:11:05 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: IbJensen

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.


3 posted on 03/23/2013 5:15:09 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: IbJensen

4 posted on 03/23/2013 5:18:46 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Caipirabob

Romney has forced RomneyCARE/ObamaCARE and gay marriage
down the throats of the public who voted for NEITHER.


5 posted on 03/23/2013 5:22:37 AM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: IbJensen
In general, as we learned in 2006, the American people will not vote for Republicans when there's a widespread impression that the party is overloaded with homosexuals.

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.

6 posted on 03/23/2013 5:25:18 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: IbJensen
This should be a wake-up call for every conservative. The Republican Party doesn't want you. Time to form a conservative party.
7 posted on 03/23/2013 5:41:58 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: IbJensen

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.


8 posted on 03/23/2013 5:50:43 AM PDT by wiseprince
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To: IbJensen; Ron C.; wolfman23601; ColdOne; navymom1; Pat4ever; RIghtwardHo; Reaganite Republican; ...
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Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of general interest.

9 posted on 03/23/2013 5:52:11 AM PDT by narses
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To: fatnotlazy

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.


10 posted on 03/23/2013 5:55:42 AM PDT by Josa
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To: fatnotlazy

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.


11 posted on 03/23/2013 6:13:29 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: wiseprince
A new part pulling at least 20% support would be a nice message to send.

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.

12 posted on 03/23/2013 6:36:06 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: IbJensen
Sounds like a fraction of operatives are trying to break people and sending a signal....look more Republicans are for this..come join us... Be strong..all you can do now while we live and stress through these times of indoctrination. And of course, we can pray. Don't give up or give in. Take care of yourselves.
13 posted on 03/23/2013 6:47:50 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: IbJensen

Got a link to the petition that works?


14 posted on 03/23/2013 6:50:30 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: IbJensen
Governor John Kasich and every statewide elected official signed a letter supporting Borges. ...Kasich said through a spokesperson that he still opposes redefining marriage and creating civil unions.

The governor wants his cake and eat it too. Typical politician.

15 posted on 03/23/2013 6:52:08 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: IbJensen

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


16 posted on 03/23/2013 7:00:30 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: IbJensen
"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."

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.

17 posted on 03/23/2013 7:08:09 AM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: manc

the effete supid party GOP elites WANT deviant marriage to be impossed so they can dump the social issues.

effetes do not like morality.


18 posted on 03/23/2013 7:13:26 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Josa

Others have suggested that given what is going on in this country these days, God owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.


19 posted on 03/23/2013 7:33:22 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: IbJensen
I had been a Registered Republican for a long, long time, but since Voting in the Republican Primaries became the only reason to stay there, I'm re-Registering as an Independent.

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.

20 posted on 03/23/2013 7:50:33 AM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: IbJensen

GOP is co-opted by leftist leadership.

Today’s republicans are the democrats of 1992

Today’s democrats are the Weather Underground of 1972

We have made no progress whatever in the 30 years since 1982

Continuous, incremental FAIL for 40 years.

Republicans make me sick. Democrats make me sicker.

I’m sick of it.

I want to be well (to borrow a phrase)


21 posted on 03/23/2013 7:51:25 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: ecomcon
GOP Everything is co-opted by leftist leadership.

The wild-eyed, baby-killing, faggotic, treehugging, union-thug collectivists.

22 posted on 03/23/2013 7:56:26 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Tench_Coxe

Karl Rove can take a running jump.

It’s clear to me that this is all about Rob Portman. It’s the Ohio GOPe’s attempt to make him feel still welcome, and to normalize his views. It will cost them. Portman won’t win reelection.


23 posted on 03/23/2013 8:15:02 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: IbJensen

Apparently the GOP is convinced that it will gain more liberals from across the isle that it will lose conservatives...


24 posted on 03/23/2013 11:23:10 AM PDT by Iscool (uee)
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To: longtermmemmory

and as long as this stupid party keeps letting the left and liberal-tarians have a platform, use our conventions and run i our primaries then this will only get worse.

Why should they use our platforms to spout their liberal crap and lecture us on our views and how they must change.

Also the likes of the elitist who allow that like Rove, Perino, Peggy Noonan have still not got it into their thick dumb stupid heads that when they do not defend our base platform and defend children and family then they lose.

They are so deluded even after losing the base not coming out that they actually think that if they look more lke the socialist party and the liberal-tarian party then we will get votes and to hell with millions of the base.

I have a feeling this is about Portman, and pleasing their turd poking strap on wearing, elitist cocktail DC, north east pals


25 posted on 03/23/2013 1:10:58 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: randog

yet again they cannot take a stance and want it both ways thinking we will just go along with that.


26 posted on 03/23/2013 1:11:44 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Viennacon

agreed and hopefully now we get rid of him and purge the likes of Rove, Perino, Noonan, etc out of the party and lets get back to what is right.


27 posted on 03/23/2013 1:12:40 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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