Ohio officials concerned by GOP leader’s tax liens

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Elected officials who signed a letter endorsing Matthew Borges (BOHR’-jihs) as the next chairman of the Ohio Republican Party have asked him to resolve and explain the tax liens he’s accrued before Friday’s election.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) expressed disappointment that Borges hadn’t made them aware of the liens before he sought their backing.

Borges’ attorney said Monday his client owes $168,161 in federal taxes and $4,198 to the state following a recent adjustment.

DeWine said he told Borges he owes everyone an explanation for how the unpaid debts were accumulated. Husted said he asked Borges to resolve the debts before the GOP State Central Committee votes Friday.

Attorney Robert Onda said Borges plans to pay all but a disputed 2006 lien by Tuesday.

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