Warren – Bob Paduchik, leader of the Ohio Republican Party, said he thought he would never see the day when Trumbull County was not a Democratic stronghold.
Paduchik, whose father is from Hubbard and mother from Youngstown, said it was good to see how the area has changed over the years.
“Nothing is more enjoyable than going to my father’s hometown, once considered the strongest Democratic stronghold, and seeing so many Republican officials and activists.” Said Paduchik at the Trumbull County’s Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner in the DiLucia Banquet Hall.
Around 150 people were present on Tuesday with Paduchik as the main speaker.
“I’ve been in politics for about 35 years now and Trumbull County has changed a lot.” he said. “It was like you couldn’t find that many Republicans in Trumbull County, let alone get them to show up for dinner on a particular night.”
The reason, said Paduchik, is Donald Trump.
Paduchik led Trump’s successful Ohio campaign in 2016 and was senior advisor to the Republican’s 2020 failed re-election despite winning Ohio again.
Trump became the first Republican to win Trumbull County twice since Herbert Hoover in 1928 and 1932.
“We had a presidential candidate in 2016 who was elected and he was elected for speaking to Republicans, disaffected Democrats, and independents.” Said Paduchik. “It was a very simple message, and it was an America-first message, and it was because of that message that he was elected president. Because of this message, he founded a Republican Party, which is a conservative party of the working class. For me, that’s the key to winning the Ohio election. “
That resonated across the state as Republicans won elections in former democratically controlled counties, including Trumbull, he said.
Paduchik also claimed that Democrats “Cheated” in the 2020 presidential election, especially in the key states that Trump lost.
He also alleged that President Joe Biden, a Democrat who beat Trump, and Vice President Kamala Harris are deliberately opening up the southern border, allegedly providing benefits to those who illegally cross it to do so “Expand democratic voting.”
Democrats control the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, and Paduchik said one thing “What stands in their way is the US Supreme Court.” Democrats are now trying to increase the number of members of the highest court and remove lifelong appointments, he said.
“The only thing that stands in the way of this one-party nation is the Supreme Court.” he said.
Paduchik was elected GOP chairman on February 26, replacing Jane Timken, who had resigned a month earlier. Timken is running for the US Senate next year.
In addition to his work for Trump, Paduchik led the successful presidential campaigns for George W. Bush in Ohio and was co-chair of the Republican National Committee from 2017 to 2019.
Paduchik was also involved in a number of nationwide Republican campaigns.
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