“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).