Back in September John Kasich told the Cincy Enquirer that his administration would be all about transparency and accessibility.
The paper’s editors subsequently endorsed Mr. Kasich.
And I can only imagine they are feeling pretty deceived based on the events of the past two days.
A few days ago we discussed Kasich’s private website that was accepting resumes for public jobs and how this lack of transparency seemed to go against everything Kasich was promising during the campaign. Yesterday Kasich made it official when he announced he would be keeping the application information private.
Most of the people I’ve talked to about this issue seem to agree that, regardless of whether he takes public money for transition committee or not, these ARE public records. And the lawyer for the Enquirer seems to agree.
John C. Greiner, a Cincinnati attorney representing the Enquirer, said these are public records based on Ohio Supreme Court decisions dating back to the late 1990s.
“Governor-elect Kasich’s apparent contention – that because the resumes are being delivered to a ‘private’ website they are not public records – is wrong,” Greiner said. “It is disheartening that the governor-elect would use a scheme like this in an attempt to avoid state law.”
So much for the transparency promise.
Well he’s pretty much thrown that one out the window too.
Yesterday Kasich announced he wouldn’t be working out of the Statehouse like Governor Strickland has been doing for the past four years. Instead he’ll be moving up to the sterile, cubicle-filled, private-bathroom-having, 30th floor of the Riffe State Office Tower.
Strickland moved to the Statehouse because he “wanted to be closer to legislators and the legislative process. It also made him more accessible to the public and reporters.” I think it’s pretty clear why Kasich isn’t following suit.
Yep. There goes accessibility too.