"Thankfully, there are still leaders in this country who put principles before politics," said John Weaver, Kasich's adviser, adding, "The idea of a greater purpose beyond oneself may be alien to political party bosses like Reince Priebus, but it is at the center of everything Governor Kasich does."
Kasich, like the other former Republican presidential candidates, signed a loyalty pledge during the heat of the campaign to promise to support whoever won the nomination. Yet, the Ohio governor soon made it clear he was in no way going to boost Trump's campaign once the businessman officially came out on top.
Instead of supporting Trump, Weaver said his boss is actually trying to minimize the damage done by the GOP nominee's candidacy. Kasich is traveling the country to support down-ballot Republicans, Weaver said, to help prevent a "national wipeout" for which Priebus is to blame.
This kind of public feud is the last thing the GOP nominee needs with less than two months to the election.