If I were a registered Republican living in Ohio, I would seriously consider changing my party affiliation to Independent or Libertarian.
First, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced last week that he supports gay marriage. His change on the subject was brought about by his son telling him that he was gay. Instead of lovingly showing his son that homosexuality is a sinful lifestyle that God calls an abomination, Portman compromises his own standards.
“Would Senator Rob Portman throw his support behind pedophilia if he had learned that his son was a pedophile? There are young pedophiles out there. Would he support adultery if his son was an adulterer? Would he support slavery if he found out that one of his relatives was a slave owner and argued persuasively that owning slaves was legitimate? Would the Senator support his son if he learned that he was selling drugs to children? Would he support contract killing if he learned that his son was a contract killer for the mob?”
Secondly, the Ohio Republican Party just appointed Matt Borges to be their next executive director. Borges is a registered lobbyist for a group that is pushing to legalize same-sex marriage. Once the announcement was made, a coalition of 80 conservatives within the state presented the Ohio GOP with a letter informing them that they will no longer support the Party leadership because of the Borges appointment.
Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County Tea Party commented about the appointment, saying:
“With this letter we put the party bosses on notice that we reject their betrayal of the party platform and our conservative values. We will not support them going forward but will instead support those who are true to our cause.”
Lon Viars, Vice Chair of the Warren County Republican Party and Vice President of Warren County Right To Life, commented:
“Some of our Republican officials seem hell-bent on alienating conservative voters and volunteers, which reduces voter turnout. They ignore the GOP platform, choosing to put themselves outside the mainstream of our party base.”
Seth Morgan, head of the Conservative Coalition and former Ohio State Representative, added:
“Never have I been more concerned for the direction of our state and country – largely due to a failure in leadership. Why would the Republican leaders put themselves at odds with sound public policy and the platform of their own party?”
Sadly, Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, has signed a letter of support for the Borges appointment. So has a number of other prominent Ohio Republicans, including Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, Mike Gonidakis, former leader with Ohio Right To Life and now member of the state medical board.
Besides his active lobbying to legalize same-sex marriage, Borges has some unethical history that would also question the wisdom of his appointment to head the Ohio GOP. In 2004, he pleaded guilty and paid a $1,000 fine for granting political favors to those who donated for the campaign of then Secretary of State Joe Deters, whom Borges worked for at the time.
Third, Speaker of the House John Boehner is the senior US Representative from Ohio who has repeatedly parted with GOP values to cave in to President Obama’s demands. When the rookie GOP class of Representatives tried to make a strong stand against Obama and the Democrats as they promised their constituents, Boehner, on more than one occasion abandoned them and the rest of the nation’s Republican voters to side with Obama. Boehner tried to justify his actions by stating that if he didn’t compromise, nothing would get done. Once he compromised on one thing, Obama knew he had him in a corner from then on and he would not have to ever compromise to meet with the GOP. I’ve often asked if Boehner was a Democrat in disguise.
Yes, it’s a sad day in Ohio politics for the Republican Party. They’ve lost the support of many Republicans statewide. This is the perfect time for the Libertarian and Independent party people to launch a campaign to get Republicans to switch their party registration. The end result will only mean a further weakened and divided Republican Party that will help strengthen the efforts of the liberal Democratic Party.