COLUMBUS, Ohio — Donald Trump’s Ohio campaign manager on Saturday renounced its relationship with the Ohio Republican Party’s top official, laying bare the long-simmering tensions over Trump’s candidacy within the state GOP.
Bob Paduchik, a longtime campaign operative in Ohio, sent a two-page letter to the state GOP’s central committee members on Saturday saying Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges no longer has a relationship with the campaign. The letter accuses Borges of exaggerating his relationship with Trump in media interviews, and undermining Trump’s efforts to win in Ohio in order to advance his own candidacy to replace Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
Paduchik writes that he spoke with Trump about Borges on Thursday, when Trump made a pair of Ohio campaign stops, and describes Trump as being “very disappointed with Borges’ duplicity.”
“It’s no great secret that Chairman Borges was never fully on board, but his actions over the past week demonstrate that his loyalties to Governor John Kasich’s failed Presidential campaign eclipse his responsibility as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party,” Paduchik wrote. “The chairman is also apparently driven by an insatiable need for publicity.”
Paduchik also included a few articles from Ohio media outlets, including a Thursday story from cleveland.com, in which Borges described advice he had given to Trump about how to win Ohio and said he was unsure of whether he would vote for Trump.