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Tea Party Leader: Kasich’s “Cronies” Involved In Blog Report
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A top Tea Party leader has some harsh words for a conservative blog after it reported about a possible challenge to Gov. John Kasich in the Republican primary.
It started with an article posted Monday afternoon. ThirdBasePolitics.com, a right-leaning blog, was reporting that two Tea Party Republicans were trying to get on the ballot to challenge Gov. John Kasich in the primary.
Tom Zawistowski, president of the We The People Convention, slammed the article and said people around Ohio will now try to dig up dirt that will hurt the two Tea Party activists trying to pose a challenge.
â€œThe people who run that blog are paid by the Republican Party and Kasich Administration or one of their crony capitalist flunkies to work full-time to destroy anyone that says anything about the governor. They are thugs. Okay? And they donâ€™t represent the peopleâ€”and they donâ€™t represent American values.â€
Nick Mascari wrote the article on the Third Base Politics website. He stands by his report and adamantly denies receiving any assistance from the Ohio Republican Party or the Kasich Administration.
“I donâ€™t know where Mr. Zawistowski got his information but we make absolutely no money off the blogâ€”we donâ€™t even host advertisements and weâ€™re certainly not paid by anybody so those are absolutely false accusations.â€
Mascari believes Zawistowskiâ€™s comments may also be connected to another article by Third Base Politics about two weeks ago. The blog reported that another possible Tea Party contenderâ€”who eventually dropped outâ€”had a running mate with unpaid taxes.
â€œYou know, we didnâ€™t call anybody any names or attack them,” Mascari says. “If he wants to call simple reporting â€˜thugeryâ€™ thatâ€™s his prerogative.â€
Zawistowski did say that two Tea Party membersâ€”Donald Allen of Youngstown and Kelly Kohls of Warren Countyâ€”were in the process of collecting signatures in an effort to appear on the primary ballot.