A top aide to Ohio Gov. John Kasich took a swing at Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Sunday, alleging the GOP chair isn’t putting the best interests of the party first.
“Thankfully, there are still leaders in this country who put principles before politics,” John Weaver, Kasich’s adviser, said in a statement provided to Politico. “The idea of a greater purpose beyond oneself may be alien to political party bosses like Reince Priebus, but it is at the center of everything Governor Kasich does.”
The move follows Priebus warning there could be consequences, including being left off future ballots, for former candidates who vowed to stand by the GOP presidential nominee but ultimately don’t.
Kasich has opted not to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after losing the nomination.
Weaver noted the Ohio governor has been making an effort to get Republicans elected.
“The Governor is traveling the nation supporting down ballot Republicans and preventing a potential national wipeout from occurring on Reince’s watch,” Weaver continued.
While Kasich will not endorse Trump, he said he also won’t get behind Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
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