Tom Zawistowski, a businessman, tea party and liberty group leader from Portage County, announced his bid today to succeed Chairman Bob Bennett.
Zawistowski was in a group of about 80 self-identified conservatives who wrote to state party leaders last month to raise objections to a series of their recent actions. Those included U.S. Sen. Rob Portman’s policy shift in favor of same-sex marriage and Gov. John Kasich’s support for Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law.
A Kasich spokesman declined comment.
Zawistowski says he’s got the right skills to bring together conservatives and moderates.