Seriously, Keeling needs a whaaambulance.
Nobody lied or mischaracterized what Kasich said. Furthermore, not one person believes that Keeling wouldn’t have issued just as many tweets and posts (probably double) if Strickland had committed the kind of gaffes that Kasich did.
Kasich himself emerged from his book tour to say that he took his campaign spokesman “to the woodshed” over his comments.
But Nichols is being thrown under the bus unfairly. Yes, you read that right. Nichols is being blamed unfairly. Remember that Nichols’ “chicken shack” comment was not made off the cuff, but in a prepared written statement as a response to their political rival’s previously announced and scheduled event. Nichols was former Congresswoman Deb Pryce’s Communication Director, so this isn’t his first rodeo. Unless the Kasich campaign shop is unusually relaxed compared to other statewide campaign or congressional operations, but the idea that Nichols went Sarah Palin “rogue” and issued an official statement on behalf of the campaign without anyone’s knowledge and approval (such as the campaign manager’s) is just crazy. Maybe Kasich didn’t personally know, but Nichols didn’t exactly wander off the reservation on his own, either.
The story has been covered in Politico, CNN, and just about every daily in Ohio. It’s all been horrible coverage for Kasich. For Keeling to complain about the Strickland campaign waging class warfare after the Kasich campaign was caught engaged in class warfare in a written and prepared statement by the campaign is just laughable.
(As for the idea that Strickland hasn’t done anything for urban voters, well, that’s simply not true.)
But lost in all this is that John Kasich and Mary Taylor have offered no plans for Ohio’s cities except tax repeals that will sap primarily cities and other local governments leading to higher property, local sales, and local income taxes along with sizeable cuts. Kasich is a former Columbus area Congressman who boasts no accomplishments for the City of Columbus.
Seriously, if you find some urban policy success that John Kasich takes credit for… let me know.
The real issue is that the Kasich campaign attacked the Strickland campaign over a policy matter that Kasich is extremely vulnerable about due to the likely budgetary impact Kasich’s tax pledges and promised repeals would have. That’s been overshadowed by Kasich’s foot in mouth disease.