We’ve recently dedicated a number of posts to the battle for control of Ohio’s Republican party. Today’s election of members of Ohio’s Republican Central Committee will decide if Team DeWine maintains control. Or if Team Kasich will be successful in their latest power grab.

I can’t exactly explain WHY we find he battle between Governor John Kasich and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine so interesting.

Maybe it’s a healthy interest in politics. Maybe it’s our competitive nature and the need to understand the inner workings of our opponent’s organization. Maybe it’s a strange kind of voyeurism exclusively available to political junkies.

Whatever the reason, I’m reminded of the popular (mis)quote from Napoleon: “Never interfere with the enemy when he is in the process of destroying himself.”

Tom Zawistowski of the Ohio Liberty Council was recently quoted in Gongwer claiming both sides would be spending $2 million+ on the committee seats. I think this number is exaggerated. But who really knows? Unlike regular campaigns, nothing is tracked in Central Committee races. So anything is really possible.

Here’s what we do know:

Supposedly Team DeWine sent out 7 flights of mail against Kasich-supporter Betty Montgomery.

And in response, the Kasich/Taylor campaign has been paying for this robocall:


Right now I can’t give you accurate numbers on how much money is being spent on these Central Committee races. But we’ll definitely be reporting on expenditures from ORP and the Kasich/Taylor camp once the next round of finance reports comes in.

In the mean time, we can all be happy knowing that every dollar they spend fighting each other is a dollar they won’t have to fight Democrats in November. So…. keep it up, kids!