Tea party activist nixes Kasich primary challenge

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio tea party leader says he's decided against a primary challenge to Gov. John Kasich.

In an emailed statement late Saturday Ted Stevenot said he would not run for governor. Earlier in the week he had scheduled a news conference for next week to announce his candidacy.

Stevenot said he made the decision not to run based on discussions with family, friends, and advisers. He said the decision had nothing to do with concerns about his running mate, Brenda Mack.

On Thursday The Columbus Dispatch reported Mack had filed for bankruptcy in 2008.

Stevenot says Mack "understandably struggled to make ends meet" after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Stevenot is past president of the statewide Ohio Liberty Coalition, a Clermont County tea party leader and co-founder of a suburban Cincinnati insurance company.

©2016 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.