Columbus, Ohio - A statewide coalition of social and fiscal conservative leaders in Ohio today announced a rejection of the current direction of the state Republican leadership.
While signers of this statement put emphases on different policies, all the signers believe that Ohio is best served with limited government and low taxation, affirm the definition of marriage as one man and one woman as specified in Ohio's Constitution, stand for the right to life for unborn children, and believe that the State Republican Party Chairman should reflect and fight for these values.
In recent months, Ohio has seen Governor John Kasich propose a "tax shift" unfairly targeting certain landowners and creating a drag on energy exploration, recommend the expansion of a failing Medicaid program, and propose an increasing budget.
Senator Rob Portman has reversed course, defying one of the key planks of the Republican Party Platform to take a position in support of same-sex marriage. This dismisses the views of roughly 3.3 million Ohioans who in 2004 voted for a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman.
Finally, this week, the elected statewide Republican officials declared their support for Matt Borges to replace Bob Bennett as Ohio Republican Party Chairman. Dismissing other potential candidates for the chairman's position, these statewide Republican officials endorsed Borges, a man who plead guilty to a misdemeanor for improper use of public office in a bribery investigation and served as a lobbyist for the liberal homosexual activist group, Equality Ohio.
This statement of rejection is not personal - the individuals above have reasons and explanations for their actions. Nor is this statement designed to elicit a specific response. This statement is merely to inform the public that we have not moved on these issues important to our fellow Buckeyes and we will not accept this leadership which is inconsistent with the principles of the Republican Party.
Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, said, "The leaders of the Republican Party in Ohio have chosen to separate themselves and the party from the wishes and values of their support base. Not just liberty group members and social conservative voters, but rank and file registered Republican voters who overwhelmingly voted for the Ohio Healthcare Amendment. With this letter we put the party bosses on notice that we reject their betrayal of the party platform and our conservative values. We will not support them going forward but will instead support those who are true to our cause."
"With sadness I put my name on this statement," said Seth Morgan, former State Representative and Conservative Coalition Leader. "Never have I been more concerned for the direction of our state and country - largely due to a failure in leadership. Why would the Republican leaders put themselves at odds with sound public policy and the platform of their own party?"
"Some of our Republican officials seem hell-bent on alienating conservative voters and volunteers, which reduces voter turnout. They ignore the GOP platform, choosing to put themselves outside the mainstream of our party base," said Lori Viars, Vice President of Warren County Right To Life,who also serves as Vice Chair of the Warren County Republican Party.
The signers below call on like-minded conservative Ohioans to organize and prepare for the challenges we and our neighbors are facing.
The initial signers below are represented in their personal / individual capacities. Titles and organization are listed for identification purposes only.
Seth Morgan,Former State Representative and Conservative Coalition Leader
Tom Zawistowski, President, We the People Convention; Executive Director, Portage County TEA Party
Lori Viars, Vice President, Warren County Right To Life
Bobbi Radeck, State Director, Concerned Women for America
Linda Harvey, Radio Host andPresident, Mission America
Don Birdsall, President, Dayton TEA Party
Joseph Platt, Esq., Board Member, Family First
Andrew Pappas, Leader, Anderson Tea Party
Pastor Andy Douglas, Director, Christians for Constitutional Awareness
Linda Reidelbach, Former State Representative; Delaware County Republican Central Committee member
Tom Brinkman, Jr., Former State Representative; Chairman of C.O.A.S.T. (Coalition Opposed To Additional Spending & Taxes)
Mark Stevenson, Founder,Ohioans For Educational Freedom
Sue Hardenbergh, Hamilton Co. Republican Central Committee Member
John McAvoy, Board of Directors, NW Ohio Conservative Coalition
Janet (Folger) Porter, President, Faith2Action; Former Republican State Central Committee Member
Ryan Bolyard, Wayne County, Ohio; President, Hillsdale College Republicans
Paula Bolyard, Doylestown, Ohio; Conservative Blogger
Roseann Siderits, Board Member, Family First
Pastor J.C. Church, President of 3 Cord Alliance, Crawford County, Ohio
Marianne Gasiecki, State Co-Coordinator (OH), Tea Party Patriots
Wendy Sizemore, Leader, Pickaway County 9-12 Project Liberty Group
Glenn Newman, Founder, Marietta 9-12 Project
Randy Wilson, National Director, Watchmen on the Wall
Thea Shoemake, Homeschool Leader; Former Vice Chair of Clermont Co. Republican Central Committee
Ralph Spampanato, Director, Stark - Tusc 9-12
Pastor Norman R. Perkins, Reaching for Success, Dayton, Ohio
Dana R. Adams, President, Akron Tea Party
Jim Green, President, North Central Ohio Conservatives, Inc.
Amy Brighton, Co-Founder & Co-Coordinator, Medina Tea Party Patriots
George & Darla Lee, Steering Committee Member, Auglaize County Patriots
Linda S. Barry, Steering Committee Member, Auglaize County Patriots
William E. Barry, Steering Committee Member, Auglaize County Patriots
Nelson Hack, Founder & Coordinator, Morrow County Tea Party
John Rhoad, Fayette County Coordinator, Ohioans for Healthcare Freedom
Connie Thompson, Athens, Ohio 9-12 Project
Margaret W. Hunt, Secretary, Geauga County Tea Party
Duane A. Plessinger, Director, Wayne County TEA Party; Member, Wayne Co. Republican Executive Committee
Anna Rehl, Founder, Licking County Organizing for Freedom
Patricia Eshleman, Leadership Team, Preble County Liberty Group
James W. Hellyer, Chairman, Licking County Tea Party
Judith L. Guju, Hamilton County Republican Central Committee
Mike Snead, President, Beavercreek Liberty Group
Andrew E. Russ, Esq., Counsel for Ohio TEA Party & Patriot Groups
Sharon Blocher, Stark - Tusc 9-12 Patriots
Van Pratt, President, Clinton County Tea Party
Mark Haverkos, Butler County Republican Central Committee
Beth Cox, Preble County Liberty Group
Richard Geyer, President, Society of Conservatives, United for Independence, Representative Republic, Equality & Liberty (SCUIRREL)
George Momirov, Director, Upper Arlington 9-12 Group
Ethlyn Kennedy, Treasurer, Lorain County 9-12 Tea Party
Jeff Malek, Founder, Wadsworth 9-12 Group
Bonnie Arnold, Marietta 9-12 Project
Linda Studer, Director, Wayne County Tea Party
Jon Eells, Marietta, Ohio 9-12 Project
Bob Longshore, Committee Chairman, Portage County TEA Party
Amanda Suffecool, President, Portage County TEA Party; Director, REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition
Mary Lou Cook, Co-Organizer, Voices of Liberty, Marion, Ohio Tea Party
Pastor Bob Tarasiak, Family Fellowship Church, Conneaut, Ohio
Linda Bishop, Committee Member, Findlay 9-12 Group
Carol Bicking, Gahanna Freedom Alliance
Larry Heller, Leader, Miami Township Tea Party; Steering Committee, Clermont Co. Tea Party; Clermont Co. Republican Central Committee
Jim Horton, Committee Member, Northwest Ohio Freedom Alliance
Karl W. Vonvaltier, Leader, Delaware County 9-12
Ken Kay, Executive Director, The Coalition of Freedom
Kirsten Hill, Chairman, Lorain County TEA Party
Mark Lucas, Director, Hilliard-Galloway Tea Party; Leader, Northwest Columbus 9-12
Emily Harris, Warren County Republican Executive Committee
Robert Lloyd, Director, Knox County 9-12 Project
Mary Gam, Director, Knox County 9-12 Project
Dan W. Offineer, Representative, Knox County 9-12 Patriots
Roger Baxter, Vice Chair, Clermont County Tea Party
Kirk "Shovel" Goings, National Road Captain, Sons of Liberty Riders
Joe Daly, Hamilton County Republican Central Committee
Sharon Poe, Secretary, Warren County Tea Party
Thomas Reynolds, Founder & Past President, Top of Ohio Patriots
James E. Burkholder, Vice Chairman, Top of Ohio Patriots 9-12
Kay Clymer, President, Zanesville Patriots
Kathy Freudenberger, Leader, Bethel Tea Party; Secretary, Clermont Co. Republican Party
Rev. Katherine Marple, Founder, Keep Life Legal Ministries
Ralph King, State Co-Coordinator (OH), Tea Party Patriots; Co-Founder Cleveland TEA Party Patriots
Carol Greenberg, Conservative Blogger; NW Ohio Conservative Coalition
Virginia Mack, Chairman, Putnam County Ohio Patriots
Jane Deeter, Leader, Huber Heights Liberty Group
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Statewide Coalition of Conservatives Reject Direction of Ohio Republican Party