From the Cincinnati Enquirer, 2004:
Borges, 32, of Columbus pleaded guilty to one count of improper use of public office, a misdemeanor, and was fined $1,000 by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher. Court documents said he gave preferential treatment to certain brokers who made contributions to Deters' re-election campaign.
Following this came Bob Taft's four criminal convictions and the Tom Noe scandal. By electing Matt Borges as ORP Chairman, we can return our party to the good-ole Culture of Corruption days when we used state government as an ATM for our friends, family, and campaign donors.
The truth is we need Matt Borges to run our party and we are thankful he is running. The new Republican Party has to reach out to voters who typically vote Democratic - such as blacks, Jews, Muslims, and convicted criminals. By putting a criminal in charge of the ORP, we can finally have the street cred to appeal to the criminal element and bring them into the GOP column. Matt Borges for Ohio Republican Party Chairman.