Local GOP leader says deal offered to quit race


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Republican Party chairman in a northeast Ohio county says the governor's allies offered him sway over gubernatorial appointments if he didn't run for the governing body that elects Ohio's GOP chairman.

The Portage County GOP chairman tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/ylRWUa ) friends of Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) relentlessly pressured him.

Andrew Manning told the newspaper he was uncomfortable with the alleged offer. He says he's sent a notarized affidavit to state and federal authorities, asking them to investigate whether laws were broken.

Kasich has made clear he wants Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine replaced.

Messages for Manning were left Friday at the county GOP office and his number listed on its website.

A Kasich spokesman says the governor would never permit anyone to do what Manning alleges in his name.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com