Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is planning to introduce a redistricting map that would put conservative Rep. Jim Jordan’s seat in jeopardy and support Democrats’ control of the House.
Breitbart News cited several GOP sources that reported Gov. DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, and state auditor Keith Faber are considering offering and adopting the map next week to eliminate the district of Jordan.
If taken place before the 2022 midterm elections, the move would be beneficial and lopsided toward helping Democrats retain their majority in the House of Representatives.
Two senior Republican officials briefed on the proposal told Breitbart that DeWine, LaRose, and Faber want to draw several pro-Trump Republicans into Democrat-leaning districts as part of retaliation against former President Donald Trump, who the three establishment GOP leaders dislike.
These sources said that they believe the retaliation from DeWine and others is an effort to steer the Republicans away from Trump because they do not like the party’s direction. Trump won Ohio by huge margins in both 2016 and 2020.
The map currently under consideration could jeopardize four or five GOP congressional districts in Ohio, the sources said.
The redistricting map would also pit two Republicans, Rep. Mike Turner and Warren Davidson, against each other, drawing them into a Dayton-based district.
“This would be Speaker Pelosi’s dream map in Ohio and severely impact Republicans’ chances at retaking the House majority,” one senior Republican source said.
Breitbart further reported that Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Secretary of State Frank LaRose, reached out to the news outlet to dispute the above allegations after the publication, saying, “You’ve been lied to, your sources are terrible, and everything you’ve been told is wrong.”
But interestingly, even before Breitbart published this statement from LaRose’s spokesman, DeWine’s office also reached out denying the allegations—and shared that DeWine’s office was coordinating denials with LaRose’s indicating that the governor’s team agreed with the Secretary of State’s team.
“I saw your article on redistricting in Ohio this evening,” DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said in an email. “Our office is disappointed you did not contact us for comment, as you had in the past on other work. The information that was relayed to you is not true, and we agree with the comment provided to you by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office that you have been lied to.”
Breitbart said that there is no way DeWine’s team would have known what LaRose’s team told the outlet when Tierney sent this statement unless the two parties were coordinating press statements since LaRose’s team’s statement had not yet been published.