AKRON - Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention, today announced his organization's support of Jane Timken's intention to replace embattled Ohio Republican Party State Chairman Matt Borges who is up for re-election in January of 2017.
In a strongly worded letter sent today (copied below) to Ohio Republican State Central Committee members, Timken said; "Several members of the committee have shared with me their serious concerns about the leadership of our party. The relationship between the ORP and the President-elect’s campaign was very publicly divisive. Last week I spoke with President-elect Trump and he agrees that it is time for a leadership change at the ORP."
Timken went on to say that she had "a vision for the future of our party; one of integrity, transparency, and fairness." She also said, "I will work for the State Central Committee and it will be my job to execute the will of the committee. . . I am asking to serve and to be a chairman for the party, not for a particular candidate or elected official." Both comments drawing a stark contrast between she and Borges.
In announcing support for Timken, Zawistowski said, "We are excited by, and quite frankly surprised by Jane Timken's decision to challenge Borges. Make no mistake, no one could be more qualified to be the Republican Party State Chairman than Jane Timken, a lawyer who has been Vice-Chairman of the Stark County Republican Party for the past six years. She has been intimately involved with the Republican Party operations at the local, state and federal level for a long time. That is not what makes her decision not only credible, but incredible. Mrs. Timken is doing this, in her words, to restore "integrity, transparency, and fairness" to a totally corrupt and morally bankrupt organization that has done everything BUT represent Republican voters, county chairmen or state central committee members. It is her apolitical reason for running that is so refreshing and so deserving of our support."
Zawistowski continued, "While Mrs. Timken is exactly what is needed to clean up the financial and political mess that is the Ohio Republican Party, we are impressed that she cares enough about the political party, that she and her extended family have supported so well for so long, to take this job on. It speaks volumes about the embarrassment that many longtime donors and supporters felt about the actions of Ohio Governor John Kasich, and ORP Chairman Matt Borges, at the Republican Convention, and through the end of the presidential election.
The fact that Mrs. Timken has President-elect Trump's support for this challenge, and we would assume the majority if not all of the major ORP donors, makes it clear that Mrs. Timken is very serious about becoming Chairwoman and restoring representative governance to the ORP. Our organization encourages all Ohio TEA Party members and supporters, all conservatives, all real Republicans, and every Ohio voter who voted for Donald J. Trump for President to support Mrs. Jane Timken for Ohio Republican Party State Chairperson."
Below is Mrs. Jane Timken's Letter to Republican State Central Committee Members announcing her decision to Challenge Matt Borges for ORP Chair:
Dear Central Committee Member,
Next month the State Central Committee will meet to elect a Chairman for the Ohio Republican Party. It is a heavy obligation and a weighty decision.
Several members of the committee have shared with me their serious concerns about the leadership of our party. The relationship between the ORP and the President-elect’s campaign was very publicly divisive. Last week, I spoke with President-elect Trump and he agrees that it is time for a leadership change at the ORP.
In fairness to Chairman Borges, this was a difficult year to be Chairman. In a Presidential election year, there are many competing obligations that must be balanced. I supported Governor Kasich’s two campaigns for Governor and his campaign for President. For many Ohioans, his loss was heartbreaking. Once the nomination was settled, Chairman Borges had the obligation to fully support the nominee and his campaign. He did not, and his actions have divided the state party leadership. This was his choice.
In less than 50 days, we will have a Republican President and majorities in the House and the Senate. As we near the 2018 gubernatorial election cycle, we need to restore faith in the leadership and staff at the ORP. We must prepare for the challenges ahead and cannot rest on the success of 2016. It is time for a change in party leadership, and I am running to provide that leadership.
A modern state political party must be able raise money and support candidates. Many of you know that over the past 16 years I have helped raised millions of dollars for our national, statewide, and local candidates. For the last six years, I have served as the Vice-Chairman of the Stark County Republican Party, where I helped organize the volunteer grassroots efforts for state and local candidates and most recently for President-elect Trump. I know the needs of the county parties. I have lived it first-hand.
Our party needs to change. We need fresh ideas on how to finance and grow our Republican Party. The State Central Committee should have a more active role in developing strategic plans for the ORP. The state party should provide more support for local county parties, elected officials, and candidates. Those are just a few of the ideas I want to bring as the next chairman of the Ohio Republican Party.
If elected chairman, there will be no confusion about my loyalties or for whom I serve. I will work for the State Central Committee and it will be my job to execute the will of the committee. Serving as CEO of the party, I will provide vision and leadership for an agenda that is built on the consensus of the committee members. Simply, I am asking to serve and be a chairman for the party, not for a particular candidate or elected official.
Please know I am doing this for the right reasons. I care deeply about the party. It is my objective to have a strong, unified Ohio Republican Party. I have a vision for the future of our party; one of integrity, transparency, and fairness.
Despite the holiday season, I will make every attempt to meet with you personally to hear your concerns and discuss how we can improve our state party. In any event, I will speak with every member of the State Central Committee prior to the January 6th meeting.
Jane Murphy Timken
Stark County Republican Party