The Ohio Republican Party now is dubbing the Democrat running for governor as “Comrade Cordray.”

So read the headline on a party news release on Monday, which also added: “Communist Party Campaigning for Cordray.”

The Republicans rooted their assertion against Richard Cordray on a near-month-old article on the Communist Party USA website.

“We are involved in 8 states that can flip governors from Republican to Democrat: Four in the South AZ, FL, GA, MD and four in the Midwest: IL, IA, MI, OH,” the article says. It does not mention Cordray by name.

Ohio GOP spokesman Blaine Kelly said in the news release: “The fact that Richard Cordray’s far-left ideas have attracted the Communist Party to his campaign is deeply troubling and he should denounce them. If Richard Cordray is elected and implements his big government policies, Ohio’s booming economy will come to a screeching halt and families will be left with less due to massive tax increases.”

Asked if Cordray was a Communist and welcomed the party’s support, campaign spokesman Michael Gwin replied with a link to a video. ”“Mike DeWine is flailing, and his allies are resorting to baseless name calling ... Ohioans know a desperate political move when they see one,” Gwin said.

The video shows Joseph Welch, chief counsel for the U.S. Army, taking on Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s 1954 accusations of Communists infiltrating America, including his famed line: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?”

The day after the May 8 primary, President Donald Trump called Cordray a “socialist” in a tweet.

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Polls show a tight race between Cordray and Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine three weeks out from the Nov. 6 election.