COLUMBUS (AP) — Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday won the Ohio Republican Party’s coveted endorsement for governor over Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.
Taylor, the two-time running mate of term-limited Gov. John Kasich, responded with sharp criticism.
The GOP Central Committee also endorsed state Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay, for state treasurer over his Republican opponent, former Ashtabula County Treasurer Sandra O’Brien.
Before the committee’s 59-2 vote on the governor endorsement, Taylor delivered an impassioned speech calling DeWine a “career politician” and “shill for the entrenched special interests.”
She said the endorsement process was rife with “good old boy bullying and backroom deals.”
DeWine said his campaign is about “building a better future for Ohio by fighting the status quo and working to solve Ohio’s biggest issues.”
The endorsement means DeWine and his running mate, Secretary of State Jon Husted, will appear on party slate cards delivered to Republican voters.
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