I always thought the first thing John Kasich would announce after winning the Governorship would be the formation of a Presidential campaign exploratory committee.

It turns out he’s decided to take a different route.

Today Kasich wrote Strickland a letter asking the current Governor to immediately cancel his plans to expand passenger rail in Ohio.

The Governor did exactly what he should have done. He told Kasich to go fuck himself.

If Kasich wants to turn down nearly half a BILLION dollars in federal funding – funding that would help bring SIXTEEN THOUSAND JOBS to Ohio – he’s going have to do it on his own watch.

Here’s the quote from Ted’s office:

“The governor fears that if we do not take advantage of this opportunity Ohio will become an island, disconnected from the rest of the country,” Amanda Wurst said. She said the Strickland administration will not return the $400 million for rail on his watch. In a post-election challenge to Kasich, Wurst said, “If Governor-Elect Kasich wants to return the $400 million for the rail startup and send 16,000 jobs to another state, that will be his decision to make when he becomes governor.”

New York Gov-Elect Andrew Cuomo has already written to Director of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation LaHood asking for the money.

According to Cuomo:

“High speed rail is critical to building the foundation for future economic growth… If these Governors-Elect follow through on their promises to cancel these projects, a Cuomo Administration would move quickly to put the billions in rejected stimulus funding towards projects that would create thousands of good jobs for New Yorkers.”