News

Tea Party candidate drops challenge

Tea Party candidate drops challenge

/Photo courtesy Ohio Statehouse Archive

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio tea party leader says the movement is working to recruit a new primary challenger to Republican Gov. John Kasich after their first contender backed out of the race late Saturday.

Tom Zawistowski told The Associated Press that leader and activist Ted Stevenot’s withdrawal less than a week after entering the contest was personal.

Zawistowski said tea party supporters still hope to field an alternative to Kasich by the Feb. 5 deadline.

In an emailed statement, Stevenot said he decided not to run — despite “a tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement” — after discussions with family, friends, and advisers.

He called the decision unrelated to reports of financial difficulties by his running mate, Brenda Mack.
“My decision was not based on any concerns about my running mate, Brenda Mack, for whom I have tremendous respect and admiration,” Stevenot said in the release.

On Thursday The Columbus Dispatch reported Mack had filed for bankruptcy in 2008. A cancer diagnosis caused Mack personal and business financial problems, Stevenot said.

Stevenot is past president of the statewide Ohio Liberty Coalition, a Clermont County tea party leader and co-founder of a suburban Cincinnati insurance company.

Weather Watch Sponsored By

Ohio Heating

OhioHeating125

Schedule an appointment today – (614) 863-6666

Featured Events

  • No events
  • News

    in Entertainment

    This weekend in entertainment history

    michael-jackson

    A look at some of Hollywood's most memorable headlines.

    in Entertainment, Viral Videos

    What color is this dress?

    19-overlay6

    The "great dress debate" has been dividing the Internet. Are you team #WhiteandGold or team #BlueandBlack?

    in Entertainment

    PHOTOS: Leonard Nimoy through the years

    AP8209190316_5

    Although he capped his "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he will always be Spock.