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Timken vs Kasich Take Two


Seriously? The Democrats are raising money like they are incumbents, polls show Kasich's popularity under water, and GOP political infighting is at an all time high in the Ohio House.  Republicans are looking at a very expensive "kill our own" primary season and now this.... 


With barely a year under her belt as the Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Team Kasich is rising up again to challenge Jane Timken's leadership.


Governor Kasich is preparing for another run for President against Donald Trump in 2020, and while some Republican insiders are asking which political party Kasich will run from, apparently it will be the GOP. Kasich is trying to take back the Ohio Republican Party machine to help him with his effort.

Kasich's former GOP Chairman Matt Borges, with support from Cuyahoga County heavy weight, Chairman Rob Frost, filed candidates to primary faithful Trump supporters, who are members of the State Republican Central Committee.  The rumor is Frost wants to be the State Chairman this go around.


The party was left basically bankrupt by Team Kasich Chairman Matt Borges, and Timken has spent her first year in leadership restoring funds and traveling the state to meet with county GOP faithful. 


It appears Timken has also recruited pro-Trump candidates for the State Central Committee, setting up another expensive primary for the GOP.


Will Kasich fund his team of candidates, one source says no, but others believe this will be a full on effort by the Governor who has effectively been running for President for the last eight + years.  


Is the Speaker going Hollywood?  


The most recent campaign expenditure report shows Speaker Rosenberger spent over $1,600.00 to stay at the exclusive W Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Apparently he has learned nothing from our coverage of his extravagant use of campaign contributions. It was a tough Christmas for Vineyard Vines however, we found no new expenditures for this high end preppy clothier.


OHROC has around $4 million on hand for the primary and general election.  That closely matches Representative Householder’s network of cash and he is a Freshman legislator who isn't even a committee chairman.  


11th District Court of Appeals Draws Heated Primary Challenge


In 2016, Appeals Court Judge Colleen M. O'Toole challenged the Republican establishment and narrowly was defeated for nomination by Supreme Court Justice Pat Fischer.  Two years later, she has drawn another opponent, former State Representative Matt Lynch (R-Chesterland).


O'Toole has proven adept at winning general elections, but has twice been defeated in Republican primaries, in 2010 by Lake County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gene Lucci for the 11th District, and in 2016 by Fischer. 


Lynch has lost twice to U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-14) in consecutive election cycles and was circulating both Judicial and Congressional petitions, although he filed to run for Judge.  


O'Tooles Galore

O'Toole has been busy recruiting. O'Toole's sister, Mary O'Toole, represents the 18th Ohio Senate District on the State Republican Central Committee, and will be contested for that committee. O'Toole's other sister Janice M. O'Toole is vying with four GOP women, including incumbent Nancy Suhadolnik who had close ties to former Chairman Bennett, and Lucy M. Stickan.  All are vying for the 24th District State Central Committee. 

Correction:  Lucy M. Stickan was a Kasich delegate to the national convention but after Donald Trump won the nomination she went on to serve as a volunteer co-chair for the Cuyahoga Country Trump campaign.  


Rumor has it that Judge O'Toole was more than a little miffed that the State Republican Party broke its own rules and sent out negative mailers against her during her 2016 Supreme Court race.  O'Toole helped swing several votes to incumbent Chair Jane Timken during the 2017 election that saw her oust Matt Borges.


Trombold Reappointed to PUCO

3rd Rail has learned that Governor Kasich will reappoint PUCO Commissioner Beth Trombold for another term. 


Prior to her service on the commission Trumbold served as the assistant director of the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA). She also served in a variety of roles within the PUCO, including director of Economic Development and Public Affairs. Trombold led legislative efforts on electric restructuring, natural gas choice, and telecommunications reform.


Congratulations Beth!


Singing Dog Candidate in 61


Swinging your dog around in public could provide for an animal cruelty fine from your local Animal Warden, but 61st District Ohio House hopeful John Plecnik hopes that his dog Beemer will help him get to Columbus.  The Willoughby Hills Councilman, who is squaring off against Concord attorney and former State Representative Jamie Callender for the May 8th primary, brings his dog to public meetings and the animal sings with him for internet recordings.


In a bizarre Facebook Live post, Plencik swung the dog around and placed it on his shoulders as he filed his petitions with the Lake County Board of Elections.  Check out this Christmas message with Santa Claus, Beemer the dog, and Plecnik. 



Season's Greetings from Councilman John Plecnik

Listen to a very special holiday message on Majic 105.7 and Newsradio WTAM 1100 from Santa, our Councilman John ...


Plecnik is a law professor at Cleveland Marshal College of Law.