Local Ohio gop County Chairman Demands FBI Investigate Former Pox Talker And Current gop Governor Over Back Room Deal He Was Offered
Candidate: Kasich allies offered a deal if he quit race
The chairman of the Portage County Republican Party says that allies of Gov. John Kasich offered him special influence over gubernatorial appointments if he agreed not to run for the state GOP central committee, which Kasich has been trying to take over.
Andrew Manning sent a notarized affidavit to state and federal law-enforcement officers yesterday, asking them to investigate whether laws were broken in the alleged effort to get him to drop out of the committee race.
Manning provided a copy of the sworn statement to The Dispatch and said in an interview that he felt uncomfortable with what he perceived as the offer of a quid pro quo and “relentless” pressure from friends of Kasich.
“In my opinion, I felt it was unethical and it crossed the line, but I don’t know about it being against the law,” said Manning, who has been on the 66-member central committee, the state party’s governing body, since 2008.
…Kasich and his allies mounted an all-out campaign to wrest control of the Ohio Republican Party and oust its chairman, Kevin DeWine, in Tuesday’s primary election. Kasich fielded a slate of central committee candidates in his attempt to place at least 34 of his loyalists on the committee, the number needed to overthrow DeWine, whose current two-year term expires in January.
The move against DeWine has caused a civil war in the state party, resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent in the central committee races. Kasich and his lieutenant governor, Mary Taylor, made robocalls on behalf of their slate.
…In the affidavit, Manning said he met on Feb. 4 at the Portage Country Club in Akron with Bryan Williams, a Kasich appointee to the Ohio Board of Education, and Summit County GOP Chairman Alex Arshinkoff to discuss his candidacy.
The purpose of the meeting, Manning said, “was to get me to withdraw as a candidate because it was perceived by … Kasich and his advisers that I was supporting” DeWine.
“Had I agreed to withdraw as a candidate, they told me I would be designated as the ‘Governor’s Guy’ in Portage County and that I would be given influence in who Gov. Kasich appoints to Kent State University boards and other state government appointments as they come open.
“After the meeting,” Manning added in the affidavit, “I felt somewhat uncomfortable. I have always tried to conduct myself ethically, and this did not sit well with me.”
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