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    My Fellow Patriots,

    I am writing to personally invite you to come and meet the four candidates who are running for Ohio Governor in 2018.  We have put together a special We the People Convention Event to be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Berlin Church in Lewis Center, Ohio. The event will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. with lunch served. Those who will be speaking are Mike Dewine, Mary Taylor, Jon Husted and Jim Renacci.

    This is a private meeting intended to give TEA Party and Liberty Group Leaders and Activists direct access to the candidates who will be running for Governor.

    This event will NOT be a debate. Each of the four candidates for Governor will get one hour to make their case and answer your questions about why they deserve your support in the 2018 Governor’s Race. The format will be as follows:

    • Each candidate will make a fifteen minute statement making their case for your support.
    • They will then spend 30 minutes taking questions from the audience.
    • Attendee will get 15 minutes to meet with them privately to ask additional questions.
    We ask that all Ohio Patriots withhold their endorsement of any candidate for Governor until this event is concluded. After the event, we will conduct a poll to determine what the consensus is coming out of the event which we will share with attendees.

    Please join us on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Seats are limited to only 300 by the facility and will be available on a first come, first served basis. We are charging a fee of $10 per ticket to the event.  Ticket revenue will be used to offset the cost of the facility rental and to pay for lunch which will be provided.

    Please click HERE to order your tickets TODAY! I look forward to seeing you there!

    For Liberty,

    Tom Zawistowski
    We the People Convention



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017


    Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, reacted strongly to the shooting of a Republican Congressmen today in Alexandria, VA.  Zawistowski said, “The thoughts and prayers of all of us in the TEA Party movement go out this morning to Congressman Steve Scalise, his staff and security detail, the police officers who responded, and everyone affected by this cowardly act today. There are clear indications that this shooting was a political act, as the shooter apparently wanted to know if the baseball players were Republicans or Democrats. The constant violent rhetoric coming from Democrats, including the Mayor of Los Angeles and the DNC Chairman himself, and from the Alt-Left, from “leaders” of the “Resist” and the George Soros funded “ANTIFA” movements, and their allies in the media, is directly responsible for creating an environment in our nation that encourages violent actions like we have seen today. This must stop and it must stop today. Democratic leaders like Schumer and Pelosi need to stand up to the violent anti-American radicals who have taken over their party and must return to participating in our representative government instead of trying to overthrow it – through violence or “any means necessary.”  The victims of this coordinated effort since the election, led by Soros funded Media Matters, are every American who voted for change in the last year’s election and who’s votes the Democrats, the media, and the Alt-Left are doing their best to invalidate with lies, leaks and violence. We the People see who is attacking our nation, our laws, our elections, our free speech rights and our very lives, and it certainly is not the Russians, and those responsible will pay a heavy price in elections at every level in the months and years to come.”




    For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

    Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, is asking his organizations’ members to call the US Supreme Court at 202-479-3000 and demand that they act immediately to allow the temporary travel ban to be implemented for national security reasons and the safety of the American people. The Trump Administration, through the Justice Department, asked the Supreme Court last week to reinstate the temporary travel ban and then hear the case. On Monday sixteen State Attorney Generals filed briefs with the Supreme Court asking for the travel ban to be reinstated as well.

    Zawistowski said, “The murderous acts of radical islamic terrorism that we are seeing repeatedly in England, France, and other nations should make it clear to the members of the US Supreme Court that having a stay on the travel ban that President Trump wants to implement is a real threat to the safety of all Americans. We the People DEMAND that the Supreme Court act immediately to remove this unreasonable and unwise restriction while the case travels through the courts. It only makes sense, based on the clear evidence that ISIS is sending terrorists from these countries into Europe and other nations to kill innocent people, that we should err on the side of caution in this instance. To not do so would mean the Supreme Court is recklessly risking the very lives of Americans for some ideological debate that has no basis in law. We urge all citizens, particularly supporters of the TEA Party Movement, to call the US Supreme Court today at 202-479-3000 and demand that the stay be lifted immediately and that they fulfill the first and most important duty of all branches of our Federal Government – which is to protect and defend us from attacks by foreign sources.”

    Zawistowski concluded, “The very idea that paid federal employees, meaning the Supreme Court Justices, would leave for a three month vacation, without acting with urgency to protect the lives of America citizens before doing so, is literally revolting to the average American. This is not some theoretical debate to the parents of the children in Manchester or the relatives of tourists in London who were butchered, this is a clear and present danger that our courts are preventing our President from addressing. Furthermore, as the briefs filed by the State Attorney Generals point out, these lower court rulings are acting beyond their authority when they are attempting to extend the full array of constitutional rights to non-US citizens who are not protected by the US Constitution. Not to mention the lower courts attempts to undermine fundamental constitutional powers that are legally within the rights of the President and have been exercised repeatedly by previous Presidents. The vote of the American people in November was a clear message that we want our borders closed, and we want only to allow people into our nation who we want to allow in and who will assimilate into our culture. That is our right as a sovereign nation. The US Supreme Court has no right, or authority, to deny the results of a valid election by needlessly putting our very lives, and those of our children and grandchildren, in danger when our duly elected President has acted lawfully to protect them. It is time for the courts to represent the American people they are paid to serve.”


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 10, 2017


    Akron, OH – Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, today joined a chorus of TEA Party activists and other conservatives in praising President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Comey was fired by the President on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 after serving three and a half years of a ten year appointment.

    Zawistowski said “We are thankful that President Trump had the guts to do what few in Washington would ever do and that is to hold an unelected Washington Bureaucrat accountable for their actions. We in the TEA Party know from personal experience, that James Comey did not protect and defend the rights of American Citizens when the IRS was targeting us. This despite substantial evidence that President Obama’s Administration was using the IRS to affect the outcome of the 2012 election by attempting to stop the TEA Party from raising money and participating in the political process. This despite the clear and willful destruction of physical and electronic evidence by Louis Lerner and IRS employees under the leadership of Commissioner Koskinen. This despite hundreds of emails uncovered by Judicial Watch and the ACLJ that have caused multiple federal courts to determine the fact the IRS Targeting of TEA Party and other conservative groups was not accidental but intentional. Jim Comey failed to give millions of regular middle class Americans in the TEA Party Movement equal protection under the law when he allowed the Federal Government to attack us and deny our constitutional rights for purely political reasons. Jim Comey did nothing to investigate the IRS scandal. For that alone he should have been fired a long time ago.”

    Zawistowski added, “It is because of Jim Comey, Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, the actions of “activist” judges and others that a vast majority of American’s simply do not trust our government or our legal system. Why should we? There is clearly a double standard. We the people will not accept that Hillary Clinton or any other politician is above the law that we all follow. That is why we elected Donald Trump who promised to investigate Hillary Clinton. We want Justice. We DEMAND that our laws are enforced fairly and equally on all Americans and we will not settle for anything less.”

    Zawistowski continued, “Outside the fantasy world of Washington, it worries common Americans that the Democrat’s clamor for a special prosecutor to investigate a “scandal” for which their is no evidence while there is apparently no serious investigation of clear federal crimes like unlawfully unmasking US Citizens and illegally setting up a private server, holding hundred if not thousands of classified documents, some of which were “printed out” and viewed by people without security clearance. The fact that the FBI would not investigate a candidate running for President of the United States, and a former President of the United States, who raised some $300 million, mostly from foreign countries in anticipation of future political favors, is simply beyond the pale to the regular citizen.”

    Zawistowski concluded, “We trust that President Trump will appoint a non-political, highly qualified, law enforcement professional to the post of FBI Director who will de-politicize the FBI. While the ruling class in Washington is doing everything they can to politicize this action, and “not let a crisis go to waste”, those of us in the Heartland are thrilled to see our President standing up for us and taking on the entrenched DC establishment. Keep it up Mr. President the American people are with you!”


    Timken Defeats Borges in Dramatic Upset for Ohio Republican Chair


    AKRON – Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention, today congratulated Jane Timken for her dramatic upset victory over incumbent Matt Borges for the powerful position of Ohio Republican Party Chairperson.  The original vote was 33 for Timken and 32 for Borges with one State Central Committee member not in attendance. A total of 34 votes was required for either of the candidates to win outright. After a second vote, which again ended up 33-32 in favor of Timken, a recess was taken. Before a third vote could be taken, it was clear that Borges could not get the votes to win and a deal was made for Timken to be the new Ohio Republican Party Chairperson while Borges would step down and become “Chairman Emeritus.”

    Zawistowski said “This is a HUGE victory for those of us in Ohio who voted for Donald Trump in November and who are sick and tired of crony and corrupt politics. Jane Timken promises to end the mafia like tactics of Kasich and Borges and restore the integrity of the Ohio Republican Party by following it’s own by-laws, holding fair elections, using the Republican National Party Platform as measuring stick for anyone wanting to run as a Republican, and serving the needs of the County Republican Parties who have been mostly ignored in recent years. The bottom line is the the Ohio Republican Party will act as political party again instead of a tool to serve a few powerful elected officials. That is what American citizens want, a party that represents them and their needs and not just the needs of the rich and powerful. We wish Jane Timken all the best in her new position, but she can be assured that the Ohio TEA Party will hold her accountable for her actions going forward just as we did with Borges.”

    This was a proxy battle between Republican President-Elect Donald Trump who supported Timken and Ohio Governor John Kasich who supported Borges. With the defeat, Kasich’s position in Ohio political circles is severely reduced as a lame duck Governor who has now lost control of the Ohio Republican Party.  Neither Kasich nor Borges supported Trump for President and they were accused of actually withholding ORP resources from the Trump campaign in Ohio in order to make him lose. Borges staffers even publicly embarrassed Trump Ohio Chairman Bob Paduchik weeks before the election causing Paduchik to remove Borges from having anything to do with the campaign. Paduchick has since become the Co-Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) which further complicated the issue of Borges remaining ORP Chairman. Timken won in large part because Republican State Central Committee members could not see how the Ohio Republican Party could operate successfully going forward while being at odds not just with the Republican President but also with the Republican National Committee.


    Donald Trump shocks world, wins presidential election in biggest upset in political history


    Donald Trump overcame all odds Wednesday, riding the wave of an unprecedented populist movement to put himself in line to be the 45th president of the United States.The Republican presidential nominee secured the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House. In doing so, he completed the biggest upset in modern political history, beating his Democratic challenger, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as one of the most promising fields of Republican candidates in a generation.

    During a speech in Manhattan early on Wednesday, the president-elect promised unity after a dark campaign.

    “I pledge to every citizen of our land, that I will be a president for all Americans,” Trump said. “And this is so important to me.”

    He added: “It is time for us to come together as one united people.”

    Clinton called Trump early Wednesday to concede after the brutal campaign.

    “She congratulated us on our campaign,” Trump said. “Hillary has fought very long and very hard, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service.”

    The result came as a shock, to say the least. Markets plunged late Tuesday night as it became clear that Trump would have a better night than expected. Dow futures sunk by more than 750 points.

    Almost every major forecasting aggregator, including FiveThirtyEight, RealClearPolitics, The New York Times, and HuffPost Pollster, heavily favored a Clinton victory in the lead-up to Tuesday’s race.

    The insurgent Republican businessman’s candidacy was greeted as a sideshow by many media outlets and even other candidates when he declared on June 16, 2015. But Trump quickly gained popularity among Republican Party voters, many of whom were drawn to his populist message on issues like international trade and immigration, his unscripted speeches — which often included inflammatory rhetoric about identity-politics issues — and his promises to restore the US to previous points of perceived national glory.

    Trump’s victory Tuesday came amid a wave of support among working-class and blue-collar white voters in numerous battleground states, including Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire. The New York businessman had long claimed his nationalist pitch to voters could spur high levels of voter turnout that would help propel him to the White House.

    The mood at Trump headquarters in Manhattan was joyous, as guests drank and shouted when Trump appeared to win Rust Belt states like Wisconsin and Michigan, once reliably Democratic states. Attendees, sporting suits and red “Make America Great Again” hats, appeared equally shocked at Trump’s massive upset.

    “We’re actually going to do it,” an attendee remarked as Trump appeared to pull ahead in key states.

    Just a mile away on Manhattan’s west side, the mood at Clinton’s election-night party — to which she ultimately never attended — was also one of disbelief.

    Dead silence at Hillary Clinton Javitz Center event in New York as key battleground state of North Carolina called for Trump. #2016election

    — Molly O’Toole (@mollymotoole) November 9, 2016

    Just seen a woman leave Clinton rally at Javits Center in tears. #USADecides #HillaryClinton

    — Olivia Feld (@oliviafeld) November 9, 2016

    In the women’s restroom at the Javits Center complete strangers are asking each other how they’re holding up

    — Ashley Fetters (@AshleyFetters) November 9, 2016
    Many officials and top allies were shaken.
    “This is the lowest moment in my life,” a Clinton campaign official told Business Insider.

    The Republican presidential nominee will take the oath of office in January with a mandate to fulfill a slate of lofty campaign promises. Trump has pledged several government actions that will certainly rock the US economy, including a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a massive federal infrastructure plan, a moratorium on increasing regulations, and deportation of millions of immigrants illegally living in the US.

    He has also promised national-security overhauls, including a potential return to enhanced-interrogation techniques, increasing bombing of ISIS, reevaluating the US relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, loosening background checks for purchasing firearms, and forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall on the US’s southern border.

    Trump will inherit a Congress that has remained plagued by gridlock throughout President Barack Obama’s tenure. But he will come into office with Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate.



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 28, 2016


    Ohio TEA Party Views Re-Opened FBI Investigation with Cynicism

    Akron, OH  – Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, reacted to today’s announcement of the FBI re-opening of its investigation of the Clinton email scandal with cynicism. In a letter delivered today from FBI Director James Comey to Chairman Jason Chaffetz of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and others, Comey said “In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation . . . I agree that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps . . . to assess their importance to our investigation.” The only way that the FBI could take “appropriate investigative steps” is to re-opened the criminal investigation into the illegal use by Hillary Clinton of a private server to store classified US Government information.

    Zawistowski reacted to the news saying, “As a citizen, let me say that the only way I would believe that this investigation is credible would be if Mr. Comey resigns as the head of the FBI and turned this investigation over to someone without any relationships to the Clinton’s or the Obama Administration. I strongly suggest that all citizens, and all voters, ignore this side show and focus like a laser on the WikiLeaks emails and the Project Veritas videos which, unfortunately, are the only sources of the truth in our nation today. The fact is that there is much, much more to come from these sources before the election, that will prove beyond doubt the total corruption of nearly everyone in our federal government, including the President himself, the media, and the establishment wing of both political parties. We are in a full blown Constitutional crisis because people like James Comey have betrayed the American people and corrupted the work of his own agents and staff at the FBI. The only way to begin the process of restoring Constitutionally limited representative governance to our nation is to elect Donald J. Trump as our next President. How anyone could vote for Hillary Clinton in light of what we know now that would put any of us in prison for years, without yet seeing the 33,000 emails she deleted, is beyond me. We have no faith in our corrupt federal government to investigate itself.”

    Zawistowski continued, “This is the same James Comey, who allowed the FBI to give immunity to pertinent Clinton staff members and others for no legal reason; who allowed the FBI to destroy critical evidence in the case as part of a misguided immunity deal; who prohibited agents from using warrants and subpoenas to gain access to critical evidence in the case; who failed to disclose to Congress or the American people that he was paid $6 million by Lockeed Martin Corporation which then became a donor to the corrupt Clinton Foundation and also paid Bill Clinton $250,000 for a speech in Ciro; and who’s brother’s firm does the taxes for the Clinton Foundation, but did not recuse himself from the investigation due to a clear conflict of interest. Now we are supposed to believe that this re-opening of the investigation is on the up-and-up?  We can’t help but notice that he says that the “FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”  We find this a convenient method of taking the media spotlight off of the WikiLeak emails which just yesterday finally opened up the can of worms that is at the center of all of this public/private corruption – the Clinton Foundation – which the FBI and the Department of “Injustice” has been completely ignoring for months. No one should be surprised if this “investigation” gets dropped immediately after the election if Clinton wins, or if charges are brought after the election if Trump wins in order to save the tarnished reputation of the FBI and the discredited DOJ.



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, October 15, 2016


    Akron, OH  – Ohio TEA Party leaders today supported the move announced today by the Trump-Pence Campaign to sever ties with Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges in a letter deliver by Trump State Director Robert Paduchick to Republican State Central Committee members.  In his letter Paduchick said “It’s no great secret that Chairman Borges was never fully on board, but his actions over the last week demonstrate that his loyalties to Governor John Kasich’s failed presidential campaign eclipse his responsibilities as Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. The Chairman is also driven by an apparent insatiable need for publicity.” Paduchick continued, “I spoke with Mr. Trump on Thursday and he is very disappointed in Matt’s duplicity. Mr. Trump told me, “this is why people have lost faith in the establishment and party leaders.” I have to agree with him.”

    Tom Zawistowski, President of the We the People Convention and Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party said, “We can attest that the actions today by the Trump-Pence campaign, to sever ties with ORP Chairman Borges, are justified by what we have seen on the ground in Ohio. As an example, on October 5th we were notified that Republican State Central Committeewoman Sharon Ray, a Borges loyalist, was preventing volunteers in Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth, Ohio from taking Trump literature with them when going door-to-door. We have documented numerous similar examples of members of the Ohio Republican Party attempting to sabotage the Trump campaign all over the state. Like Kasich, Borges clearly want’s Hillary Clinton to win. Borges is betraying the wishes of the vast majority of Republican Party members and voters in Ohio who are working their hearts out to elected Donald Trump as the next president and he has no right to do that given his position as ORP Chairman.  We could not agree more with Mr. Trump’s statement that this is why people lose faith in the establishment and party leaders. Republican’s in Ohio lost faith in Borges and the “Ohio Republican Party” years ago when we learned that there really was no Ohio Republican Party, just the Kasich “machine”, led by Mr. Borges, and this if further proof of that fact.”

    Zawistowski concluded, “I am joined by my fellow TEA Party leaders, John McAvoy President of the Northwest Ohio Conservative Coalition and the Toledo TEA Party, and Glenn Newman, President of the Ohio Liberty Coalition and the Marietta 912-Project, and others throughout Ohio, in calling for the Ohio Republican State Central Committee to vote immediately to remove Mr. Borges as Chairman.  If Mr. Borges only wants to work for Mr. Kasich, then he has no business retaining the position of running the Ohio Republican Party, which is bound by it’s by-laws to support the party nominee for President. Like Kasich, Mr. Borges has failed to live up to his word to support the party nominee and his responsibilities as a Republican Party Leader. Mr. Borges is clearly not willing to do the job he is paid to do and therefore should be removed as Chairman. We urge all Ohio Republican’s to read Mr. Paduchick’s letter and then contact their Republican State Central Committee members and demand that they take action against Mr. Borges. Then go out and work as hard as you can to get others to vote for Donald Trump for President!”

    Citizens who do not know who their Republican State Central Committee representatives are can find them by going to www.YourNameOnTheBallot.com or by contacting their County Republican Party. Citizens who would like to add their name to a petition calling for Mr. Borges to be removed can do so by going to http://ohrepscc.com.



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Ohio Poll Shows Trump Leading Ohio by 6.67% Pre-Debate
    Trump then Gains 4% while Clinton Loses 1% After the Debate

    Akron, OH  – The We the People Convention today announced the results of a two part Ohio poll of likely voters. The poll was intended to determine voter preferences in the presidential election prior to the debate on Sunday, October 9, 2016, but after the Trump tapes and the WikiLeaks emails were leaked on Friday, October 7, 1016, and then after the debate was over. The original poll on Saturday, October 8, 2016 of 1,539 Ohio voters showed that Donald Trump was winning Ohio by 6.67%, preferred by 46.34% of voters versus Hillary Clinton’s 39.67%. These results reflect the fact that 91% of respondents indicted that they were aware of the contents of the Trump audio tape that was released the day before the poll, while only 66% of the respondents were aware of the comments made by Clinton to bankers in the email released that same day. A strong 75% of the respondents said that they expected to watch the presidential debate the next day.

    A follow-up poll was then conducted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 of the previous polls respondents to see if they had changed their position after the debate. Of the original 1,539 respondents, 473 took the second poll.  The results were that Donald Trump has gained 4% and Hillary Clinton had lost 1% of their support after the debate. A total of 50.22% supported Trump in the second poll while 38.47% said they supported Clinton. That gave Trump a lead of 11.75% post debate.

    The first poll was conducted on Saturday, October 8, 2016 between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM EDT.  Calls were placed to 45,105 randomly selected voters from our data base of 4.5 million current land line phone numbers in Ohio. Of those called, 1,539 respondents completed the survey, a 3.4% response rate. The poll has a margin of error of  ± 2.46% at the 95% confidence level. Of the respondents surveyed, 38.46% vote Democrat and 38.67% vote Republican and 52% were women and 48% men. Results were gathered from 87 of the 88 Counties in Ohio. Every age group from 21 year olds to 90 year olds were surveyed.

    The followup poll was conducted on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, between 6:30 and 7:00 PM EDT. Calls were placed to 1,539 respondents to a previous poll conducted on October 8, 2016. A total of 473 took this followup poll, which is 30.07%.  The poll has a margin of error of ± 3.75% at the 95% confidence level. Of the respondents to the followup poll, 36.78% vote Democrat and 39.11% vote Republican.  51.79% were women and 48.21% men. Results were gathered from 86 of the 88 Counties in Ohio. Every age group from 21 year olds to 90 year olds were surveyed.

    The poll was conducted by TRZ Communications Services, Inc., a private communications company, located in Akron, OH that is majority owned by Tom Zawistowski, who is also the Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, and President of the We the People Convention and Ohio Citizens PAC. Zawistowski is one of fourteen founding members of the Tea Party for Trump Project.

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