Late last week I wrote about how the Enquirer’s editorial staff should be pissed off at John Kasich for telling them he was going to be all about transparency and accessibility and then immediately proving those statements to be lies mere weeks after winning the election.
It turns out they were, in fact, quite offended by Kasich’s recent announcement to keep private the resumes of job applicants for public jobs. So much so that they wrote a thoroughly scathing editorial on Friday.
In case you didn’t catch it, here are some highlights:
Here’s what the GOP gubernatorial candidate said:
“I’m not worried about transparency. I’m not going to get hung up on that stuff. If you’ve got something you want to know, I’ll tell you. I’m not here to ‘hide the pea.’ My bias is toward openness.”
Well, apparently that was then, and this is now.
Governing is not an exercise in devising mechanisms to shut out the citizens you purport to represent – and for whom you are working. In short, it’s not a game of “hide the pea.”
They called his plan “an outrageous nose-thumbing at well-established principles of openness and disclosure of public information” because “the public will never know who applied, what criteria were used in hiring – or who might have been more qualified choices.”
If this is “transparency,” we’d hate to see what opacity looks like in a Kasich administration.
For a candidate who ran on bringing plain-speaking common sense to Ohio government, this is uncommon nonsense.
“you don’t have to be an attorney to understand that well-established precedents toward disclosure are being snubbed – and that the spirit of Ohio’s open records laws is clearly being violated.”
and the big finish….
“Saying it’s a private site is a dodge, in a sense not unlike when Cincinnati Public Schools used a post office box for superintendent candidates to send resumes to, rationalizing that they didn’t have to make them public until they “received” them by taking them out of the box.
That was a crock, and so is this. It’s an attempt to hide from the public what the public deserves to see.
We endorsed Kasich in part for his business-friendly policies, believing him better positioned to harness the ingenuity and power of the private sector.
But he ought to know better than this. You can’t privatize the public’s right to know.
Mr. Kasich, you may not be “worried about transparency,” but we sure are.
Damn! The Enquirer editors are pissed off. Just like they should be. Just like all of us should be.
The difference is: they endorsed him.
You can’t say we didn’t warn you.