Yesterday, Jon Keeling (R-VA) and all around Kasich shill, attempted to claim that the agreement between the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Humane Society of the United States was a clear and present threat to Obie, the Massillon Tiger mascot, a high school football tradition for over forty years.

The folks at the Humane Society have stood up and said — and I paraphrase here — “It belongs in a museum, or, if available, a well-regulated exotic animal preserve.” Gov. Strickland has sided with them and will sign an executive order in the fall that will “stop the flow of dangerous, wild animals in the pet trade for keeping by people ill-equipped to care for them,” thereby putting all those mom-and-pop exotic animal preserves out of business and whisking Obie away from Massillon High, presumably to the safe, lush confines of the Toledo Zoo.

Maybe Keeling should have bothered to… I dunno… look at a media source that … I dunno… actually ASKED Governor Strickland’s office about the issue?

Well, the Canton Repository did just that.  And guess what?  Obie the mascot isn’t threatened by this agreement at all.

Gov. Ted Strickland announced Tuesday that he will ensure the rules regarding the sale and care of exotic animals allow for live mascot traditions at Ohio high schools and colleges to continue.

“Today, (Strickland) said he will ensure the rules allow for the established mascot programs to continue,” the governor’s press secretary Amanda Wurst said. “He will ensure the rules allow for the Massillon mascot program to continue.”

So instead of pissing off a high school football powerhouse, how do the folks in Massillon feel about Ted Strickland?

Tony the Tiger Bob Hollender couldn’t contain his excitement.

“This is great, just great,” Hollender said. “There are going to be a lot of happy people in Massillon.”

Yep, what had been just a win-win for Governor Strickland now has the added bonus of making him a hero in the Massillon-Canton area, too.

Strickland gets a political win for the Farm Bureau, avoids a contentious ballot issue, saves Obie the Tiger… and all Jon Keeling gets is this lovely faceplant, instead.

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