Ohio GOP

photo of Tim Ryan, Ray Mancini
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, August 29:

Richard Cordray
STATE OF OHIO / STATE OF OHIO

The Ohio Republican Party is taking a Democrat to task for what it calls a secret deal with a hedge fund to do student loan collections. But the Democrat the GOP is focusing on isn’t running for office -- at least not yet. 

picture of Matt Borges at Kasich rally
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The feud between the Donald Trump campaign and Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges before the election has turned into a challenge over the state party’s leadership.

The top GOP officeholder in Ohio has weighed in with an unsurprising but significant vote of confidence.

photo of Borges and Sen. Rob Portman
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Insiders are saying that President-elect Donald Trump wants new leadership at the top of the Ohio Republican Party. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, Trump’s top ally in Ohio is leading the effort to unseat current GOP chair Matt Borges.

The rift between Borges and the Trump campaign is well-known. At times Borges wavered in his support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. That included after a leaked video caught Trump talking about his ability to sexually assault women if he wanted to.

photo of Cindy Novak
Rachel Niemi / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Donald Trump’s supporters in Ohio are being forced to take sides after the presidential nominee cut ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. This fracture could have lasting impact after the votes are counted.

The first major Trump campaign event in Ohio following the split with the Ohio GOP came with a sense of awkwardness. As supporters filed into the Greater Columbus Convention Center to see Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, they admitted that they’re disappointed with state party leaders.

That includes Cindy Novak of Thornville.

Paul Ryan
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s speech to the Ohio delegation this morning included a muted call for Ohio and the rest of the country to unify behind Donald Trump.

Ryan dwelled more on tax policy and football than on the presidential campaign. But in the end – literally the last sentence of his speech – he brought it all together and uttered Donald Trump’s name for the first time.

“We’re all on the same team. We all want the same thing. Voting for anybody but Donald Trump means you’re voting for Hillary Clinton. It’s as easy as that.”