Laura Bischoff’s wonderful Sunday articles almost make me wish I lived in Dayton so I could get the DDN delivered daily.
Thankfully they are all available online, including today’s which was quite exceptional. I don’t think any of the information in the article was that new, but the way she strung it all together is quite revealing.
I’ll get to that in a second. First a little background…
John Kasich wants you to believe he left Congress to spend more time with his family. According to the bio on his website: “instead of seeking a 10th congressional term, John decided to remain in Westerville with his wife Karen and twin daughters Emma and Reese, and has pursued new challenges and experiences outside of Washington.”
What he conveniently forgets to mention here is that, before he “decided to remain in Westerville” to spend more time with his family, HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. A “challenge and experience” that would have specifically required him to move his family to Washington had he won. Which pretty much makes this part of the bio a complete and total lie. The reason is obvious: no one wants to talk about their failures – which is exactly what his presidential campaign turned out to be.
Despite the disasterous results, he did raise some money during the campaign. And nearly half a million bucks was left over when he dropped out of the race. And it’s with this money that we come back to Laura’s article.
When Kasich left congress (and after his failed campaign for president), he didn’t leave behind his political ambitions. As a matter of fact, he worked out a system for keeping his political team intact and employed until an opportunity arose for him to return to the political arena. And it’s exactly this topic that Laura covers so well in today’s Dayton Daily News article.
With funding from a number of high-profile conservative business owners in Ohio along with the extra money left over from his failed presidential campaign, John Kasich was able to assemble millions in funding for his New Century groups which kept his core political team salaried and ready to go once the political tides turned favorable.
John Kasich wants you to believe he left Congress to pursue a career in business but it turns out that all of the businesses who hired John Kasich were also funding the groups that kept John’s political team – and his political ambitions – afloat.
Back to Laura:
Among those who contributing to the tax-exempt groups were John McConnell of Worthington Industries, Mal Mixon and Joseph Richey of Invacare, and Jay Schottenstein of Schottenstein Stores Corp. The four men and their spouses gave a combined $116,667 to the groups, according to OpenSecrets.org, which tracks political contributions.
Kasich serves on the corporate board of directors of both Worthington Industries, a steel processing company based in suburban Columbus; and Invacare, a maker of medical equipment based in Elyria. Schottenstein Property Group also hired Kasich, paying him $61,538 a year in 2008 and an undisclosed amount in 2009.
John Kasich likes to talk about his ‘business experience’ and about how he is successful in the private sector despite his political background and only because of his hard work.
But the facts just don’t support that story.
We see, again and again, that the only reason anyone hired John Kasich after he left Congress was either A. because he had been a politician and had political connections (e.g. Lehman) or B. because they believed he would return to politics again.
Laura Bischoff is too polite to call John Kasich a liar, but that’s effectively what the information in her story shows.
Fortunately I’m not that polite.