Trump camp cuts ties with Ohio state party chair

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's campaign is denouncing and severing ties with the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, Matt Borges.

It's the latest crack in GOP unity in the critical battleground state, where Republican Gov. John Kasich is also not behind the party's presidential nominee. Borges has been openly critical of Trump on several occasions and told some Ohio news outlets he wasn't sure if he would vote for Trump.

Trump's Ohio chairman Bob Paduchik is accusing Borges of undermining Trump as part of a bid to be the next Republican National Committee chair. Borges has been mentioned as a possible successor to Reince Priebus.

Paduchik says in a letter to state committee members that Trump is "very disappointed in Matt's duplicity."

Paduchik says he still expects the Ohio Republican Party to pay the campaign's payroll and expenses in the state.

Borges  sent the following statement out to state GOP members:

Republican Party Cuyahoga County Chairman Rob Frost recently made the following statement regarding the Trump campaign staffer's recent letter to the Ohio Republican Party:
"As a leader of the local GOP and a member of the state committee that elects our state chairman I understand that, despite the insinuation by a top Trump campaign staffer in Ohio, our party is providing the necessary resources in support of the Presidential campaign. It appears that we will be addressing this internally as a party organization, and I therefore consider it inappropriate to comment further at this time."

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