February 20, 2012

A Brief Brown County Encounter

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:50 am

There I was, standing near the front of the room on the stage right side of the Georgetown Elementary School multipurpose room Friday night, guarding my spot for recording Rick Santorum’s upcoming speech, when up came ORPINO (Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) Chairman Kevin DeWine.

DeWine, to what I believe was the surprise of most, came down from Columbus for Santorum’s speech. Someone pointed him out to me shortly after his arrival.

He sought yours truly out; I was going to leave him alone. The event wasn’t about him, or me, or us.

I’m not the best at reconstructing conversations, but I can say that these things occurred:

  • After he greeted me, I asked him when he is going to resign. He said he isn’t going to.
  • He said that he is with Governor John Kasich “99%” of the time.
  • I told him, as I have asserted several times here at BizzyBlog, that a state party chairman owes his governor unconditional loyalty.
  • Kevin said he disagrees.
  • As he walked away (again: his move), I suggested that he tell that to Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Sorry, Kev. Barring criminal or serious ethical matters, a state party chairman does owe his governor unconditional loyalty. As another gentleman has pointed out several times, it’s hypocritical to simultaneously claim that defeating Barack Obama in this most important of swing states in the fall is Priority One while seriously and publicly dividing the party in a “you’re either with me or against me” manner while wasting substantial amounts of scarce party resources. Someone who really believed the former would not be engaging in the latter, and would instead step down.

But Kevin DeWine won’t do that, which is why some of his biggest fans in the State of Ohio right now are in the fever-swamp left.

I’m going to keep comments off at this post. If you have any, send them directly to me.

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