10/11/16 – 5:13 A.M.
While opinions about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are split, Republican officials are urging local members of the party to stick with the party. The Courier reports several people spoke about Trump at Monday’s Republican Party Fall Dinner. While opinions varied, the underlying message was to vote the party line.
State Senator Cliff Hite urged people to vote Republican, even candidates, “you would want to punch right in the face.” Hite added “We back them with every fiber of our being. Go to war for them no matter what, because they’re ours.”
State Representative Robert Sprague told those on hand the party is bigger than one candidate. He said, “If there’s one reason you need to go to the polls and vote for Donald Trump, you don’t have to look any further than the Supreme Court.” Sprague said if Clinton wins the election her Supreme Court nominees would determine what Second Amendment rights look like in the future.
Not everyone in the party is on board with supporting Trump. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik told the newspaper Trump’s comments about women, “unacceptable yet not surprising.” Mihalik admitted her position wouldn’t be popular in Hancock County and said she didn’t think either candidate was a good option.
The president of the Republican Women of Hancock County wasn’t put off by Trump’s comments. Linda Casey told the newspaper, “I think we all look back, and there are things each one of us can say “I wish I never said that, I wish I’d never done that.” She encouraged to look at the issues and the plans of the candidates.
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