Timken, a supporter of Donald Trump, was elected the Ohio GOP in 2017. She was re-elected in January 2019.
Timken’s last public statements against Keller came in August when she asked the Middletown Republican to resign following a Facebook post by Keller about the Dayton shootings.
Keller, in the post, laid blame in the El Paso, Texas and Dayton shootings — which happened on Aug. 3 and 4, respectively — on “drag queen advocates,” open borders, policies of former President Barack Obama and “snowflakes who can’t accept a duly elected president.”
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Viars said in an interview that Timken had been working through a local attorney to get Wong to drop out of the 4th Ohio Senate District race. Ohio GOP spokesman Evan Machan said that was “unequivocally untrue.”
Wong told the Journal-News an area attorney did talk with him and tried to “intimidate me” to resign by citing survey results that allegedly showed the four-term trustee has no chance to win the Ohio Senate race.
Wong said based on the conversation with that attorney, he believed he was sent by the Lang campaign. Lang said he did not ask anyone to ask Wong to resign. He said his campaign’s first polling efforts started on Jan. 9.
“I’m just focused on my campaign,” Lang said.
Wong said there was “no chance in hell” he would drop out of the race.
Some believe Lang and Wong could split the West Chester Twp. vote, which would be a path for a Keller victory.
In response to the letter, Machan said Timken stands by her August 2019 call for Keller to resign.
“On the heels of a mass shooting that devastated Dayton, Candice Keller made divisive comments that demonstrated she is not fit to serve. Our stance is the same as it was when we previously called on her to resign. She should put Ohioans first and do the right thing — resign,” Machan said.
Keller said she won’t resign and is encouraged by the support of the 17 women who signed the letter.
“I’m appreciative that so many conservative leaders have come out in support of me,” she said.