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On Aug. 13, in between tweets about his former aide OmarosaManigault Newman and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, Trump tweeted: “The very unpopular Governor of Ohio (and failed presidential candidate) @JohnKasich hurt Troy Balderson’s recent win by tamping down enthusiasm for an otherwise great candidate. Even Kasich’s Lt. Governor lost Gov. race because of his unpopularity. Credit to Troy on the BIG WIN!”
Balderson, a state senator from Zanesville, is leading over Democrat Danny O’Connor in the early results of a special election for Kasich’s former congressional district. A final result is still pending.
Days later, Paduchik wrote a guest column for Cleveland.com in which he called Kasich selfish and childish. "It's 2018 but Kasich is still running for president in 2016. And he is insanely jealous. Kasich cannot come to terms with the fact that President Trump is so popular, he can come to Ohio and draw crowds measured in the tens of thousands," he wrote.