The Kasich Camp Responds to RNC Chairman Priebus' Threats

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich answers a question during a town hall style meeting in Salem, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Don’t make Governor John Kasich go old school nasty.

John Kasich, along with Jeb Bush and Senator Ted Cruz has made the choice to put principle over party and refused to join the Trump train.

That’s a problem for the RNC top dogs, such as Chairman Reince Priebus.

Priebus said Sunday that former candidates who have refused to back Trump despite signing a pledge during the primaries “need to get on board” and that the RNC will look into potential penalties for withholding support.

The pledge, itself, is not worth the paper it was written on. Trump signed the pledge, but later admitted that he would not honor the pledge if he didn’t win the nomination. Under normal circumstances, dealing with people of more honorable stock, that would automatically absolve any other candidate of any obligation.

But this is weasel-boy Priebus we’re talking about. “Honorable” doesn’t enter into the picture.

A top aide for Governor Kasich issued a statement on his behalf:

“The idea of a greater purpose beyond oneself may be alien to political party bosses like Reince Priebus, but it is at the center of everything Governor Kasich does. He will not be bullied by a Kenosha political operative that is unable to stand up for core principles or beliefs,” John Weaver, a top aide for Kasich said in a statement.

“In fact, Reince should be thanking the Governor for standing for an inclusive, conservative vision that can actually win a national election and improve our country. The Governor is traveling the nation supporting down ballot Republicans and preventing a potential national wipeout from occurring on Reince’s watch.”

Perhaps if Priebus were thinking more about preventing a potential national wipeout, we’d have someone other than Trump as nominee.