Endorsements are a throwback to machine politics.  They’re a way to introduce someone new to the tribe by having someone in your community say, “You like me; I like this guy; therefore, you should like this guy, too.”  It’s tribal politics in the modern age.

Logical syllogisms aside, one thing endorsements are NOT supposed to do is reinforce a major criticism of the endorsed candidate.  And yet, today in Cuyahoga County, one of John Kasich’s endorsers did just that.

For reasons that are more about optics than substance, John Kasich today unveiled that he had over 100 endorsements by elected officials in Cuyahoga County.  Never mind that every one of them are Republicans.  That’s still supposed to be a an achievement like… Ted Strickland being endorsed by every Democrat in the State legislature or something (which would actually be more relevant.)

Lately, Governor Strickland has been highlighting a chief criticism of Kasich’s plan to repeal Ohio’s income and estate taxes that this blog raised over a year ago—such repeals will result in major revenue losses for local government, thus leading to higher local taxes (income, sales, and property.)  This, Kasich argues, will make our urban centers more attractive to business, or something.

These local government officials were asked to respond to Governor Strickland’s criticism and whether they were concerned about Kasich’s budget cutting would hit their communities hard, forcing them to increase local taxes.

I’ll let the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who also endorsed Kasich, take it from here:

The officials at Kasich’s event were asked to respond to Strickland’s argument, especially about his claim that local school districts will be forced to offset state cuts.

“There is a lot of responsibility on our local governments and local school boards to take care of ourselves, too, and the days of handouts are over, or at least they should be,” [Brecksville Mayor Jerry] Hruby said. “I will be willing to deal with our school board on that issue and support John on that.”

Yes, thanks to John Kasich, the halcyon days of the State providing financial assistance to primary and secondary education and local governments will finally be over.  Huzzah!  Yep, no more government handouts for public education!

Even people endorsing John Kasich at his own endorsement event admit that John Kasich is going to butcher public education.  So willing to put party over common sense, these elected officials were willing to publicly applaud Kasich for promising to cut off their funding.

I wonder what Mayor Hruby will say when he goes to the voters with the tax hike he’ll need to pass if his city loses the assistance it receives from the State under Kasich?  Or is he hoping to have a job in Columbus by then?