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Tea Party Leader Says Kasich Will 'Definitely' Face a Primary Challenge

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A Tea Party leader who’s been critical of Republican leadership says he’s been speaking to Republican and conservative groups throughout Ohio. And Portage County Tea Party executive director Tom Zawistowski says support for Gov. John Kasich’s reelection next year is waning.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 6:26 pm

"There are definitely going to be challengers to Gov. Kasich. Definitely," he said. "I know that for a fact already, and there are some pretty good candidates we're looking at. And we are asking people to step up. People who are not going to be beholden to their party or their political future, but are going to be civil servants."

Zawistowski says Tea Party groups are planning to protest Kasich’s idea to expand Medicaid by using a little-known provision in IRS rules to challenge the salaries of hospital executives who have joined the governor in pushing for expansion. Zawistowski says those hospital leaders are highly-paid, and he says that casts doubt on the hospitals’ claims that they’d be in serious financial trouble without Medicaid expansion.

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