VERSAILLES – The Darke County’s Republican Party hosted their annual Lincoln Day dinner at the Stillwater Valley Golf Club in Versailles on Saturday night.
Bob Paduchik, newly elected chairman of the Ohio Republican Party and former advisor to President Donald Trump, was the keynote speaker.
Former Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) introduced Paduchik to the crowd.
“This guy is the real deal,” he said. “He voted Trump twice in Ohio. We’re lucky to have him here tonight. “
Paduchik is from Tallmadge, Ohio, is a graduate of the University of Akron and is married to Amanda Myers Paduchik, who is from Greenville.
He began his extensive political career as a Northeast Ohio Coordinator during Mike DeWine’s Senate campaign in 1994 and later served with Sen. DeWine. In 1998 he became political director in Bob Taft’s successful gubernatorial campaign in Ohio. He founded his own policy consultancy, Agincourt Consultants, in the Columbus area.
More recently, Paduchik served as co-chair of the Republican National Committee from January 2017 to 2019 when he joined President Trump’s re-election campaign. He ran successful presidential campaigns in Ohio for Trump in 2016 and for George W. Bush in 2004 and 2000. Paduchik was named chairman of the Ohio Republican Party in March 2021.
Paduchik spoke of his current concerns about President Joe Biden’s administration, calling it the “third Obama administration”. His main concern is that the government use issues such as open borders, COVID aid, infrastructure and Supreme Court packing to cement power for the Democratic Party.
He said Biden had dismantled previous immigration policies in order to gain influence.
“They think if these people come to this country and get money from the Department of Health and Human Services,” he said. “If they get an education, if they get these things, they can buy their votes. The open borders policy is not about helping people improve themselves. It’s about building a democratic constituency. “
Paduchik said the American bailout plan, like immigration, had nothing to do with what it was supposed to be. He said a small portion of the funds actually went to COVID-related relief, while the other relief went to saving big cities.
“Nine percent of the funding for this went to COVID,” he said. “Do you know what the rest of it was? Saving unions with pensions that don’t work. Saving democratic cities that have had democratic leadership for decades and are failing. They basically take that money and throw it in large urban areas. Why? You’re trying to fix the democratic machine because that’s where the votes come from. “
Paduchik added that Biden’s plan for infrastructure, like COVID Relief, is about taking money. He said it was not about roads and bridges, but about using them as a reason to take $ 2 trillion more because the last $ 2 trillion was not enough to build the “democratic machine”.
He said the Biden administration is waging war on the Supreme Court by potentially packing up the court, adding new judges, or imposing term limits on judges.
“Why are you doing that?” He asked. “If they can do politics for the White House and Congress, the only thing standing in their way is the United States Supreme Court. They are now actively trying to undermine that. “
He stressed that the Democrats are trying to do everything possible to stay in power after the 2022 mid-term elections, calling it the “greatest takeover in our nation’s history”.
In response to questions from the audience, Paduchik was asked whether President Trump would run for president in 2024.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know that he knows. I know he likes what he does. He likes to be a king and he likes to play golf. I don’t know what he’s going to do. He has some time, he could always come in too late. “
The Darke County Republican Party hosted their annual Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday night. Pictured (left to right) are Ohio State Senator Matt Huffman, Darke County Republican Party Chairman Katie Deland, and Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Paduchik.
Ohio Republican Party Chairman and Keynote Speaker Bob Paduchik speaks at Darke County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner held in Versailles on Saturday.
Criticizes Biden border policy, COVID aid