Today, the AP revealed that Ken Blackwell, who wants to privatize the Ohio Turnpike by leasing it to a foreign company for 99 years, tried to get out of paying tolls on the exact same Turnpike.
On a trip last week promoting the moneymaking potential of the Ohio Turnpike, gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell paid no tolls.
The State Highway Patrol, which drove Blackwell on the two-city tour July 6, asked for and got permission to travel the road for free, Turnpike records show. Two staffers who accompanied Blackwell in their own vehicles paid the $3.70 it cost to ride from Cleveland to Toledo.
This is one of those things that I wish I had made up…really I do. Insta-classic.
Strickland responds with “let them eat tolls”:
U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, Blackwell?s Democratic rival in the governor?s race, called the act small but revealing.
?All the other citizens that drove the Turnpike that day ? I assume, except for under these very circumspect conditions ? paid their toll,? he said. ?I think little things reflect whether we consider ourselves to be in a special class or maybe have some kind of elite status.?
Makes me smile about as much as a Matt Naugle video.