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Kasich Aides Turn on Taylor

Joe Schiavoni may drop a bid to run for Ryan’s seat.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
Jan. 27, 2017, 10:26 a.m.

“Al­lies of Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) are re­think­ing their loy­alty to Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R), sig­nal­ing cracks in a long-stand­ing polit­ic­al part­ner­ship that many ex­pec­ted would con­tin­ue with Kasich’s team back­ing Taylor’s own run for gov­ernor in 2018. The ten­sion stems from Taylor’s re­cent” en­dorse­ment of in­com­ing state GOP Chair Jane Timken, who with Pres­id­ent Trump’s bless­ing un­seated Kasich’s choice, former chair Matt Borges.

“[I]t could cost Taylor with the term-lim­ited Kasich and his stable of GOP op­er­at­ives who helped el­ev­ate her to the lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor’s of­fice. Pre­vi­ously, Kasich had in­dic­ated he would sup­port Taylor.” (clev­e­land.com)

A strategy memo ap­par­ently writ­ten by Kasich al­lies says Taylor “double crossed” Kasich and that Kasich’s “leg­acy is what is at stake. If [Sec­ret­ary of State Jon] Hus­ted or a de­m­or­at [sic] be­comes gov­ernor, it will all be erased. … John Kasich needs to quietly of­fer his en­dorse­ment to [state At­tor­ney Gen­er­al] Mike DeW­ine.” (WOIO)

FLEX THOSE MUSCLES. State Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Joe Schiavoni (D) “said he’s raised $1.4 mil­lion ‘over the last couple of years dir­ectly and in­dir­ectly as minor­ity lead­er’ primar­ily for the Demo­crat­ic caucus. He raised about $30,000 at a Board­man fun­draiser on Tues­day and has an­oth­er fun­draiser in Colum­bus next week.”

Schiavoni also said he may run for Rep. Tim Ry­an’s (D) seat if Ry­an runs for gov­ernor.

Schiavoni: “If he runs [for gov­ernor], I don’t know if I’d run for Con­gress.” (Young­stown Vin­dic­at­or)

Schiavoni floated his name to re­place Ry­an in 2015 when Ry­an was con­sid­er­ing a bid against Sen. Rob Port­man (R).

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