Seriously, who knew that an appointment for Agriculture Director could go so wrong. 

In the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rep. Zehringer responds to the allegations that his bill, House Bill 25, eliminates his position and agency:

Last year, Zehringer supported a proposal that would have eliminated the Agriculture Department. He was one of 35 Republicans who co-sponsored a bill to restructure the state’s 20 Cabinet-level departments by consolidating their functions into 10 new state departments. The bill went nowhere under Democrats who controlled the House.

Zehringer said he still supports the plan, which he did not view as eliminating the department. He said the plan would have combined it with other departments in hopes of saving money.

Unfortunately, Zehringer’s own bill disagrees:


Although I know it is elitist to say it, but Zehringer has no formal education beyond high school (except for maybe some legislative “leadership” seminars he attended as a Member of the Ohio House.)  And although he is the ranking member on the House Agricultural Committee, a quick review of his legislative record shows that he paid very little attention to agricultural issues in his two terms in Ohio House.  His official biography lists that he at one time owned and operated a poultry and fish farm.  He’s the chair of the Livestock Standards Board.  That’s about the depth of his relevant experience.

But what Zehringer DID do was be one of two State lawmakers who came out and lent their name to Kasich’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI.. also known a “Claiming Strickland’s Ideas”)  Not only that, but the Kasich campaign actually mentioned Zehringer by name in its CSI plan:

Sen. Keith Faber and Rep. Jim Zehringer will serve as the Kasich/Taylor Administration’s liaisons for regulatory reform.

So, I guess that means Kasich actually may have already broken a promise in appointing him to run the Agriculture Department instead?

What a word for appointing a barely qualified individual to a high-paying job mostly due to past political support?  Hmm… what’s do you call that?

If you’re John Kasich, you call it a “New Day, New Way” to do the same corrupt activities of the last Republican Administration in Ohio.

  • The education jab is really, really disgusting. Shall we take a look at some urban Cleveland Democrat office holders?

  • Anonymous

    Governor Strickland’s current Director of Agriculture, Bob Boggs, has six times more state legislative experience than his Kasich Administration replacement and also has a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration.

    Hands down Boggs is and was vastly more qualified for this position than his replacement is.

    You can decry elitism all you want, but the simple fact is that it was Kasich, not me, Kasich who promised an Administration of eminently qualified professionals. He failed to meet that standard by instead going the political cronyism route with this appointment.

    Given this and the Matt Borges appointment as Executive Director of his Inaugural Committee, Governor-elect Kasich is off to a poor start in his appointments.

  • Anastasjoy

    Who would you like to take a look at, Right Ohio? Since you emphasize the word “urban,” I assume you are slagging our black officeholders in the county. We have two: Recorder Lillian Greene is a former judge, and Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones is a Harvard law school graduate. Some of the others: Treasurer Jim Rokakis is an Oberlin graduate with a law degree from Cleveland Marshall. Commissioner Tim Hagan has a degree in urban studies from Cleveland State. Sheriff Bob Reid is also a CSU grad. And these people were all ELECTED. Frankly, when people are appointed i.e. hired, the standards should be even higher, as theoretically you should go for the most qualified people, not cronies (unless of course the two dovetail). Kasich is flatly going for unqualified cronies. Can you say “Coingate V.2? I knew you could!

  • LOL Do you really want to remind Cleveland voters what misfits and criminals they habitually reelect?

  • Xx

    Kasich doesn’t want people in he admistration who can ‘get things done’ or think independently. He only wants people who will listen to him. It really is all about John WALL STREET Kasich, the People of Ohio be damned.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Kasich tapped Zehringer to gut the department and eliminate useless regulations within the ag industry? That might tie it all together.

    And I’ll take a small business owner/farmer/former county commissioner/legislator vs. an overeducated bureaucrat any day of the week.

    And you’re not elitists … just closed-minded.

  • Anonymous

    Um, Boggs’ family farm. When he was in the legislature, he and his brother used to give the aides maple syrup from their farm. Everything you used to try to describe Zehringer applies to Strickland’s current director in spades.

    In this case, Zehringer got the job today as a reward for his political support, not because he was the best qualified candidate they could find. Quite the opposite.

    Kasich promised an Administration of the most qualified professional. Zehringer clearly falls below that standard.

  • Anonymous

    This guy Boggs you are touting appears to have never run a farm (big, small, or otherwise), nor does it appear that he has ever run a small business. His great experience appears to be that he “was raised on a small dairy farm in Ashtabula County.” So he milked some cows as a teenager. Way to go … let’s make him Ag director. Actually, now that I read all these bios, I’m pretty glad Boggs will be out of there soon, and we can have an actual adult farmer who can work with the ag community.

    This is the same old crap. Read Boggs’ biography. He sucked off the public tit his whole life, while on the other hand Zehringer was out in the real world contributing to the tax base, rather that taking a salary from it. But you plunderbunders will fall for a lousy master’s degree in public management every time.

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  • progressive dem

    Well I’m proud to admit that I am an elitist. When I go to the doctor’s, I want the best doctor. I also want the best teachers, and yes, the best person running the ag department. (I’m also a populist, but won’t get into that now…) I’d rather be “overeducated” like Boggs than undereducated like the new guy. Guess that’s why I’ll probably leave Ohio after undergrad for a state where education is valued more.

  • Anonymous

    Yet again, you don’t listen. He didn’t just work on the family farm as a kid. He was working on it all his life.

    I don’t know how much Zehringer really did given that “his” farm–which he is no longer a part of–was his IN LAW’s family farm.

    The fact of the matter is that Zehringer has very little practical experience in running an organization the size of the Agriculture Department– which in the end probably doesn’t matter since Zehringer and his friends in the legislature are planning on scrapping the agency anyways. Boggs had an income other than his public salary. He was part of his family farm.

    As for government teet suckling, John Kasich is a prime example. Ted Strickland had far more time in the private sector than Kasich did. Funny how you’ve never criticized Kasich for spending most of his life “taking from the taxpayers” rather than contributing.

    Everything about this screams this is an appointment that is more about political payback than qualifications.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not aware of a single one of them not being a college graduate. So, what’s your point?

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