DeWine-Husted Ticket Shows Contempt for Primary Process


For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Contact: Tom Zawistowski, 330-592-1848,


Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the Ohio Citizens PAC, expressed his concern with the expected announcement today that Republican’s Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will form a single ticket with DeWine being the Governor candidate and Husted being the Lieutenant Governor candidate. Zawistowski said, “While we understand that this type of move makes sense from an economic and political stand point, and that it has a lot to do with the expected announcement next week that Richard Cordray will finally announce that he is running for Governor on the Democratic side, however, doing so shows contempt for the primary process and confirms all that voters feel is wrong with our political system. The system in both political parties is clearly rigged. The ruling/donor class decides who gets on the ballot and who does not and the voters are basically told that they can “vote for anyone you want” as long as it is one of the candidates the ruling class “allows” to be on the ballot. That is no choice at all, and that is not representative government. This is another attempt to rig the election and shows that both parties simply have learned nothing from the outrage citizens felt by the way Bernie Sanders was cheated in 2016 and how the ruling/donor class has continued it’s attempts to destroy Donald Trump and invalidate the votes of 62 million Americans. This is a very disappointing move by both candidates.”

Zawistowski continued, “We are urging Jim Renacci and Mary Taylor to stay in the Republican governors race so as not to allow the establishment once again to decide who the candidate for Governor will be without regular citizens having any say in the matter. The same goes for the Democratic side. While Judge O’Neill has already said he will drop out of the Democratic race if Cordray runs, there are concerns that the other candidates will also drop out. Doing so would leave voters with no choices at the polls in the May 2018 primary. We urge the other Democratic candidates to stay in the race.”

Zawistowski concluded, “Both parties have already deployed this scorched earth policy in the down ticket races with only one candidate officially on the ballot for each party in the Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor and Treasurer races.  Fortunately, it looks like Sandy O’Brien is going to step up and challenge in the Republican Primary for Treasurer and we have been working to recruit additional candidates to compete for the other state offices on the Republican side. However, now we are hearing that this Friday, the Ohio Republican State Central Committee is planning to endorse in all the down ticket races and we are concerned that the DeWine/Husted move was designed to orchestrate a state party endorsement for them on Friday. Endorsing ANYONE two months before the filing deadline of February 7, 2018 is outrageous and unacceptable. We urge all Republican State Central Committee members to vote down any attempt to do so, as the only reason to endorse now is to try and stop anyone else from joining these races. Doing so will only prove what everything citizen hates about both parties is true and will encourage citizens to look for other alternatives in 2018.”


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