Libertarian Charlie Earl has also announced plans to challenge the Governor in the general election, and in a move of self-preservation John Kasich recently signed a law to make it harder for third-party challengers to qualify for the ballot.
Gov. John Kasich facing re-election primary challenge from Tea Party leader Ted Stevenot
Cleveland Plain Dealer // by Henry Gomez
Ted Stevenot, a Cincinnati-area Tea Party leader who has been eying a primary challenge to Republican Gov. John Kasich, is prepared to make it official.
Stevenot will declare his candidacy Tuesday at a Columbus hotel, according to an email his campaign and supporters circulated to reporters late Wednesday evening.
At the event he will introduce Brenda Mack as his running mate for lieutenant governor. Mack, of Canfield, is the former president of the Ohio Black Republicans Association.
Tea party leader intends to face Kasich in primary
Columbus Dispatch // by Joe Vardon
If the Stevenot-Mack ticket were to collect 1,000 valid signatures from registered voters and submit them to the secretary of state by Feb. 5, Kasich would become the first sitting Ohio governor to face a primary challenge since Gov. James A. Rhodes was challenged by Charles Kurfess in 1978.
Kasich would have a vast advantage in name recognition and campaign cash over Stevenot, who couldn’t start raising money until last month. But at minimum, Stevenot’s candidacy would show that a group of tea party conservatives — unknown in size but vocal in their opposition to Kasich’s accepting of $2.56 billion in federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid — has taken its frustration with the Republican governor to a new level.
Tea Party Leader Ted Stevenot To Challenge John Kasich in Republican Primary
Huffintgon Post // by Luke Johnson
Stevenot’s candidacy complicates Kasich’s path to reelection. After fighting with Democrats over unions and abortion rights, Kasich decided to expand Medicaid using federal money under the president’s health care law…The move rankled conservatives, ultimately sowing the seeds for a primary challenge from the right.
In the Buckeye State, the Tea Party Bucks the Establishment Republican Governor
The Daily Beast // by David Freedlander
The Tea Party challenge to the governor comes as the Republican establishment was looking to avoid conservative challenges that have cost the party winnable seats in Congress and in statehouses across the nation. Last year, GOP strategist Karl Rove announced the creation of a new super PAC, the Conservative Victory Project, designed to funnel the money from GOP mega-donors into establishment-backed primary campaigns.
Even when the hand-picked candidate of the Republican establishment has emerged victorious in these campaigns, they have been bruised for the general election contest.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich faces tea party rival
Politico // by Tal Kopan
Tea Party challenger to primary John Kasich
Salon // by Elias Isquith
Kasich draws tea party challenger in Ohio
Wall Street Journal // by Neil King
Tea party activist set to challenge Ohio GOP gov
Associated Press // by Dan Sewell
Tea party’s Stevenot is expected to run against Kasich in GOP primary
WKSU // by Andy Chow
Kasich gets tea party challenger
Cincinnati City Beat // by German Lopez