Retaking the Republican Party in Ohio: What’s at the heart of the Robert Paduchik and Matt Borgess seperation

CNN quickly jumped on the feud between Ohio GOP chairman Matt Borgess and Trump State Director Robert Paduchik as a notification was put out severing ties between the two for poor performance.  Borgess had put all his eggs in the Kasich basket from the start and is one of those Republicans represented by the article below from The Business Insider who believe that the Republican Party needs to become much more progressive or to essentially die.  In the days leading up to this severing of the relationship initiated by the Trump camp—Borgess was using the NBC tape of Trump expressing “locker room talk” to turn over high-powered Republicans in an attempt to steer the party toward the tone of this article by John Kasich.  Borgess went so far to say that he had never been in a locker room where guys spoke that way to one another which of course led to many perplexed gazes.  Of course nobody wanted to hurt his feelings—just like learning that a young man is in his twenties and is still a virgin—but when he cleared the room the talk was—what kind of locker room was Matt talking about—a dressing room at Target?  Because that is how guys talk and women do the same when they are in their circles and if leaders at the top of the Republican Party in Ohio didn’t know that—how could they understand basic things about the direction of the party moving forward after November 9th?

Here is the letter from Robert Paduchik explaining what happened  (Click here and the link below)  scc-letter

(And here is the evidence of what Borgess did which caused the separation) sccc-clips

Let me just say this—which is something I’ve been wanting for decades in politics—the Trump people are business oriented and they don’t fool around.  When they hear things that others in political circles might disregard as part of the culture indicative to political systems, which point to poor performance, they take action quickly and that is precisely what Robert Paduchik did on October 15th 2016.   CNN wanted to make a story out of it because to their eyes it looked bad that the presidential candidate Donald Trump would dare to cut off the ties to the political establishment three weeks before the election of the century in a key battleground state.  It was unfathomable to them.   What was Trump thinking?  To the minds of CNN, if a candidate doesn’t have the support of the establishment, they would surly lose.

But here is where things get interesting.  Trump and his team from Ohio on up feel they can take Ohio without the official support of the Kasich controlled GOP and they are willing under enormous pressure to win, to still do what is the right thing even when the move might appear devastating.  Because we are dealing with business people who have seen this kind of thing before, and not some political hack who entered politics to have a use for their law license because private practice is too scary for them—they are keen to root out passive aggressive attacks behind the scenes like what Matt Borgess was caught doing.  That passive aggressive attack is to utter little quips to big donors when they think nobody will notice or say otherwise—“can you imagine speaking that way about women.  I’ve been in many locker rooms and I’ve never spoke that way.”  The passive aggressive attempt here by Borgess was to undermine the Trump camp from the inside out—to sway members of the State Central Committee and the finance rollers that this wasn’t proper behavior for the GOP.  Then that same person to appease the Trump camp—politically—would change their tune and show how they have opened their offices to phone banks and door to door contacts.  Most people hearing such passive aggressive utterances quickly think of Borgess—“what a pussy.”  Because that’s what people like that are.  If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything and claiming moral indignation over comments Trump said on a bus to an Access Hollywood reporter 11 years’ prior is only a revelation of extreme naiveté or carefully planned political attack which favors the enemy—the Democrats.

I said to Rob Portman just the other day that I thought he was being a wimp on his lack of endorsement of Trump.  I knew Portman in the beginning when he was attending Reform Party meetings which I was at the heart of organizing back then at places like Longworth Hall, and the big debate that probably won him his first big election on WLW on that Sunday night long ago.  Rob and I got along very well and for about five years—he held the line as a Reform Party Republican.  I was one of the founders of the Reform Party out of Cincinnati and helped move things along until Pat Buchanan and Donald Trump tried to run for president of the United States in 1999 after Ross Perot decided to step aside from another run after a poor performance in 1996.  The official start date for the Reform Party was 1995, which Ross Perot created to launch his second run for the presidency but it really began right after the election of 1992 born in the winter of 1993.  Rob Portman was one of the first to embrace that type of conservatism.

But the years in Washington have changed Rob.  Instead of fighting the game—like he did back then—he now actively plays it which I don’t necessarily blame him for.  I think it says more about term limits than anything.  Nobody should be in politics for more than a few years—hiding from the rigors of the private sector on the comfort of the public dime.  Most of Portman’s positions were solid Republican until he discovered that his son had come out gay, which forced Portman to change his stance on that issue.  Like Kasich who around that same time lost his fight against the collective bargaining issue with public sector unions in Ohio both men moved more to the center to realign their political life to the realities around them.  That is the time when a politician has to say that they are no longer effective and they need to retire from public life and reenter the hard realities of private sector existence.  Once a Republican or anybody for that matter starts looking at seats in a house or senate as a score—they lose the tactical advantage of maintaining their ethics to preserve that seat at any cost—even if it means coming out in support of gay marriage, or in caving to the public sector unions because of a lost election in 2011.

To recover from those embarrassments, they look around for some passive aggressive target to defer their shame to—like a Donald Trump.  They whisper to their boot likers, like Matt Borgess, that they have moral indignation about some Access Hollywood tape hoping to hide their shame in bending too far to the political left over the years with a shot of adrenaline red meat representing conservative value—hoping to reposition themselves as “rock solid Republicans.”  What they fail to realize is that the rules for these engagements were written by the other side and so long as they adhere to them, they empower the Hillary Clinton types and they lose always.  Saul Alinsky, because he didn’t believe in a God or have any strong roots to a religion—and was trained by the mob of Al Capone, knew that he’d always have a strategic advantage over Republicans if you could shame them into the behavior he desired.  That is what his Rules for Radicles book was all about—which Hillary wrote her colleges thesis on.  The Democratic Party has used those strategic tactics to shame Republicans for years—and to move them more and more to the political center distancing politicians like Portman, Kasich and bootlickers like Borgess far to the center of where they politically should be.  This gave rise to the Tea Party to correct—and that process has been happening for the last six to seven years.  Trump as a presidential candidate was born out of this movement—he is free of the confines of the Republican Party and that is on purpose.  Trump couldn’t have run in 2012, only in 2016 after Republicans have let down voters so much over such a long period of time.  Trump is a self-correction of the Republican Party and he’s the perfect vehicle of the people to defeat Hillary’s Saul Alinsky strategies.  That is why Trump is the presidential nominee.  People understand these things.

Wikileaks proved that the Hillary Clinton people promoted the Trump presidency to knock out all the field of Republicans forcing them to come more to the center to combat him.  They planned all along to use shame to tear down whoever became the presidential nominee—it wouldn’t have mattered who it was—and under normal conditions, it would have worked.  But Trump proved to be more resilient than the Hillary people ever thought possible.  Just like their strategic mistakes made in Libya and in Syria they promoted rebellion within the Republican Party only to end up with something they couldn’t deal with and now they have a Trump campaign that is using the genius of business to truly challenge the inefficiency of government for what is really the first time in a high-profile election.  It’s a plan that blew up in their face because Trump doesn’t know shame.  That makes him the perfect Saul Alinsky killer in politics and the ideal person to take on all this political corruption once and for all.  Trump may not be a perfect person, but he is a person who expects results and he knows how to achieve them.  That’s why people like Robert Paduchik are in charge of the campaign in Ohio to begin with.  Borgess is just a bootlicker, and everyone knows it.

Matt had to come up with a letter to respond to Paduchik citing that he’d continue to support Trump’s campaign even though he had essentially been fired.  Nobody wass surprised by this move.  Trump can win Ohio without the GOP—because he’s been doing it now for months.  But the GOP cannot stay in some form of power without attaching itself to the star of Donald Trump—because if he wins—they don’t want to be seen on the wrong side.  If he loses they can always then play the blame game which is normal for them.  But if Trump wins people like Matt Borgess needs to be near a boot so he can lick it—because that’s what he does.  Borgess was caught playing both sides in pure preservation of his political ambitions—and the Trump team came down hard on him for it—which is something that should happen more often.  Borgess bad mouthed Trump to important people away from the reporters and cameras and he figured he’d be safe.  But word got back to Paduchik and they severed ties even with the implications of a major election looming on the horizon.  And that is the difference between a decisive leader and a pussy—a person who is open to being screwed by anything and everything.   Here is the letter Borgess sent out to the GOP in response to Paduchik’s termination notice.

From: Matthew Borges <> Date: Sat, Oct 15, 2016, 2:40 PM Subject: ORP Support for Trump Campaign To:


Committee Members:


By now you’ve surely seen the letter being circulated by the Ohio Trump organization.  You should know exactly what the Ohio Republican Party has done, is doing, and will continue to do to support the efforts of the Trump campaign.  Here are just ten examples:


1)    In early May, Donald Trump called me, as he continues to do regularly, and asked me to help him get organized in the state.  


2)    I worked with Jim Murphy, Trump’s National Political Director, to identify an Ohio State Director.  He suggested Bob Paduchik, with whom he’d had a previous business relationship and gave me full veto power.  I enthusiastically recommended that he hire Bob.


3)    The majority of their staff members are on our payroll and we handle all of their HR matters so they can remain focused on their primary mission.


4)    We offered to endorse Donald Trump at our September State Central Committee meeting where we appointed Trump’s recommended presidential electors.  The endorsement would have been nearly unanimous.  The Trump campaign declined our offer to endorse.


5)    The Ohio Republican Party has assisted in their coalition building.  ORP’s Executive Director serves on the advisory committee for Women for Trump.  Even this evening we are partnering with RNC’s African American Advisory Council, Trump’s Mahoning County Chair, and the Ohio Black Republican Association to host a phone bank making calls to support our Republican ticket.


6)    We have been chasing their early and absentee voters with a slate card on which Mr. Trump and Governor Pence are prominently featured.


7)    Members of the Ohio Trump staff work in the Ohio Republican Party headquarters.


8)    We are working in total coordination in Election Day Operation preparation.  ORP staff and the Party’s outside legal counsel have been in lock step with the Trump organization in this undertaking.


9)    The Ohio Republican Party has sent GOTV and Early Vote mail and phone calls to bolster support for the top of the ticket.


10)  I speak and meet with Bob Paduchik and Trump team members regularly.  Interestingly, none of Bob’s concerns were voiced until he shared them publicly today.


Let me be clear, I am never going to allow the bruised ego of a staffer to get in the way of my duty as the Ohio Republican Party Chairman.


Please contact me if you have questions on this matter.


I told Rob Portman through Twitter yesterday that a vagina (a pussy) is something that brings forth life—but in the process it gets screwed over first.  That is its biological function and pussies are the key to all life—so they are important.  But who does the screwing and who gets screwed is the major distinction here—and what comes forth from that process is what’s at stake.  Liberals have done all the screwing of Republicans because they have been pussies, and we have the world we are currently observing.  But Republicans—and I mean the kind of Republicans who understand that kind of locker room talk—men and women—are sick of getting screwed and for the sake of the human race understand that its time that the screws get applied to those who have been doing the screwing.  It’s time to stop being the pussy and time to be the aggressor in that relationship—and Trump is the vehicle to do such a long overdue task.

I knew the situation clearly when I was at the Trump rally at US Bank Arena and I noticed several women around my age wearing t-shirts saying “Trump can grab my pussy anytime.”  They were of course with husbands and friends and they were in the pit around Trump’s stage.  Some of them pressed up against the VIP area trying to get as close to Trump as they could.  If I had to guess, I’d say at that rally which occurred six days after the Access Hollywood story, was fifty/fifty men and women.  But my gut told me that women actually were more abundant than men and there were a lot of young people around age twenty there—and they were really into the event.  People like Matt Borgess failed to take note of the slow increase in Tea Party representation of the State Central Committee and he failed to understand what was at the heart of this conservative movement in Ohio.  And he was fired like a dog—because he acted like one.  He’ll stick close to the campaign because he’s a bootlicker by nature, but Republicans like him such as Kasich and Portman just don’t get it—and they need to be out of office.  They need to be out of politics because their time has come and gone.  I’ll vote for Rob, because Strickland is an idiot, but over the next term, Rob needs to phase himself out and let some new blood take over.  Kasich is dead wrong about the state of the Republican Party.  He should be a Democrat the way he thinks, and we aren’t changing into his liberal version of where he wants to take Republicans.  And that is how things stand in Ohio.

Rich Hoffman


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