Donald Trump took his revenge on a Kasich-backing Ohio Republican Chair who had the nerve to express his doubts about Trump.
Matt Borges has held top Ohio GOP post since 2013, but says that after in a bizarre move where Trump cut ties and refused to work with him less than a month before election day, Trump backers have made this life hell.
“I’ve been called a liar, and have been subjected to completely untrue rumors being spread about the state party, our finances, and even me personally,” Borges told The Columbus Dispatch.
When Borges decided to try to hold to his seat for another term and seek re-election, Trump made personal phone calls to Ohio GOPers to make sure Borges did not prevail.
In a move where Cleveland.com’s Henry Gomez noted the President-elect “settled scores with John Kasich and the Ohio governor’s Republican machine,” Trump used his clout to undermine Borges and back his opponent.
The Kasich-backed Borges ultimately withdrew under the condition he was named GOP Chairman Emeritus.
The Trump-backed Jane Timken is now the Ohio GOP chair.
In a Sunday tweet, Trump praised the new Ohio GOP chair as “a loyal Trump supporter and star.”
Congratulation to Jane Timken on her major upset victory in becoming the Ohio Republican Party Chair. Jane is a loyal Trump supporter & star
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017
Meanwhile, Gomez pointed out the real victor is Trump himself.
“Trump is the clear winner in a battle of who has the most clout over Republicans in the Buckeye State,” the political commentator said, also noting, “There are no moral victories here.”