- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is skipping a Republican Party fundraiser Friday where President Donald Trump is the headliner.

Kasich’s decision comes as no surprise. The two are locked in a fierce and public rivalry.

Kasich, a 2016 presidential contender, skipped the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland and refused to vote for Trump. Once elected, Trump successfully worked to oust Kasich’s point man from the helm of the Ohio Republican Party, which is hosting Friday’s event.

Party spokesman Blaine Kelly says Trump’s appearance will benefit the party’s candidates heading into fall elections. Kelly says Trump is the first sitting president ever to speak at the annual dinner.

Kasich’s spokesman confirmed without comment that the governor won’t attend.



Sign up for Daily Newsletters

Manage Newsletters

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide