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This just in: Andrew J. Tobias for cleveland.com headlines Southeast Ohio Republican Party leader resigns over Trump-Putin meeting (7-16-18). Chris Gagin, Chairman of the Belmont County Ohio Republican Party, sent out these two tweets today:

“I remain a proud conservative and Republican, but I resigned today as Belmont Co Ohio GOP Chairman. I did so as a matter of conscience, and my sense of duty.”

“The President is entitled to GOP party leaders, at all levels, fully committed to his views and agenda.  Following today’s press conference with Pres. Putin, as well as certain policy differences, most especially on trade, I could no longer fulfill that duty.  Thus, I resigned.”

Tobias gives this background info: “Gagin is a former staffer to ex-Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson who switched parties in 2013. He ran this year as a Belmont County commissioner, but lost in the Republican primary in May. In the 2017 fight for control of the Ohio Republican Party in the aftermath of Trump’s electoral victory, Gagin was an ally of then-Ohio GOP Chairman Matt Borges, who lost to now-Chairman Jane Timken, for whom Trump personally lobbied. The leadership fight generally was seen as a proxy fight between Trump’s and Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s political teams. Belmont County is among the historically Democratic counties in Ohio that have swung into Republican control in recent years. In November 2016, thanks in large part to Trump’s popularity, Republicans took control of the Belmont County commission in what may have been the first time in history.” Analysis must note that St. Clairsville is the county seat of Belmont County. During the heyday of coal strip mining Belmont County contained more than its share. It also contains Dysart Woods. Don’t know what Dysart Woods is? Wiki it.

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