Toledo, OH – Members, Incumbents, and candidates of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee joined together today to demand the immediate resignation of Chairman Borges following the disclosure unauthorized use of party funds and resources.
As per Ohio Republican Party bylaws, funds or resources cannot be used to “…attack any other Republican.” in a primary election. According to information contained in the letter, 6 instances of “Attack on fellow Republicans” are documented.
The attack ads are clearly marked as “Paid for by the Ohio Republican Party, Chairman Matthew Borges”. Attack post cards, Facebook pages, and web sites started showing up last week against three Republican Candidates;
Wendy Sizemore, candidate, State Central Committee #17,
Colleen O’Toole, candidate Supreme Court Judge,
John Adams, candidate Ohio Senate District 12.
The letter demanding Chairman Borges resignation was transmitted to him today via e-mail and by Federal Express carrier. Formal complaints against Chairman Borges and the Ohio Republican Party’s unauthorized use of party funds is being filed with the Secretary of State, the Ohio Ethics Commission, and the Ohio Attorney General.
Bill Delaney, SCC #11 said: “Many of my fellow State Central Committee Representatives refuse to hold Chairman Borges accountable and are willing to turn a blind eye. This is unacceptable. We were elected to represent the people, we must hold ourselves up to a higher standard, we must be accountable for our actions. This is what the people are demanding.”
Gary Burkholder, SCC #31 says: “This is one of the reasons why the Republican voter base is angry. They go about lives, day by day, and follow the rules. In the meantime, party leaders ignore the rules and do whatever they want, and continue to get away with it.”
Below, is the letter sent to Chairman Borges, demanding he tender his registration to take effect immediately;
March 13, 2016
Chairman Matthew Borges;
The Ohio Republican Party Bylaws registered with the Ohio Secretary of State on September 18, 2015, (see attachment) clearly states:
Article VI, Section 2, Paragraph (d)
“No ORP candidate services shall be used to attack any other Republican candidate in a primary election. ORP candidate services will only be used in a primary campaign when the candidate is supported in accordance with the primary policy guidelines.”
The following bylaw violations have been brought to our attention. In each occurrence, the violations include the following: “Paid for by the Ohio Republican Party, Matthew Borges, Chairman”
- Post card mailer attacking Republican Candidate Wendy Sizemore, State Central Committee district 17. (see attachment)
- Post card mailer attacking Republican Candidate Colleen O’Toole, Supreme Court Judge. (see attachment)
- Post Card mailer attacking Republican Candidate John Adams, OH Senate District 12. (see attachment)
- Facebook ad attacking Republican Candidate Colleen O’Toole, Supreme Court Judge. (see attachment)
- Web Site – attack page attacking Republican Candidate Colleen O’Toole, Supreme Court Judge. This page hosted by the Ohio GOP on the Ohio GOP site (see attachment)
- Web Site – thank you for attacking O’Toole page. This page hosted by the Ohio GOP on the Ohio GOP site. (see attachment)
The above actions are in violation of standing rules and bylaws of the Ohio Republican Party. Furthermore, through these actions, you have unilaterality exposed the Ohio Republican Party to litigation not only from the targeted candidates, but also from members of the Ohio Republican Party.
The Ohio Republican Party is under close scrutiny by its membership as well as those who are not affiliated with the party. Therefore, immediate action must be taken to ensure that we adhere to the bylaws that are registered with the Ohio Secretary of State.
Chairman Borges, as a result of your unauthorized and overreaching actions as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, we the undersigned demand that you tender your resignation effective immediately.
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