Over the weekend, Governor Kasich announced that term-limited State Senator David Goodman to the Ohio Department of Commerce.
This was the Cabinet pick we, and several other media outlets, were reporting as the likely Cabinet agency Lt. Governor Mary Taylor would be picked to run.
It now appears that Mary Taylor will not continue to the tradition of past Lt. Governors by heading a Cabinet agency. While it’s expected that within hours Gov. Kasich will sign an executive order making Taylor the point person for the Administration for regulatory reform, there has not appeared to be much else expected of her to do as Lt. Governor.
Which is why Jim Heath at ONN tweeted:
GOP consultant tells me they are 90% sure Mary Taylor will seek senate seat against Brown in ’12.
Taylor, you might recall, briefly flirted with running for the U.S. Senate against Rob Portman. She got picked to run as Lt. Governor instead and the Ohio GOP then urged Tom Ganley to run for Congress instead in a series of moves (not all of which were the ORP’s plan…. they wanted Taylor to run for re-election in her Apportionment Board seat) to clear the field for Rob Portman.
Now, on day one of a new gubernatorial administration, Taylor is given a political popular, high visibility project to work on that will not be labor or time consuming, thus freeing her up to travel the State, raise her profile, and raise money to run against Sherrod Brown in two years.
Yep, we haven’t even had the inaugural ball, and already the GOP is angling for the next election cycle already…
[UPDATE:] Kasich throws a wrench in it by waiting to the day of the inauguration to announce that Taylor will be in charge of the Ohio Department of Insurance.
Odd agency for her to be going to. Even more odd that they waited this long to announce this.
[UPDATE II:] Ahh, it’s making more sense now. Kasich just signed an executive order he titled the Common Sense Initiative (which is almost exactly what Governor Strickland called his Executive Order on regulatory reform) except this one mandates that the Departments of Commerce, Insurance, and Development work together to “cut unnecessary regulations” that keep businesses from growing in Ohio.
Yep, the Governor from Lehman Brothers’ first official act is to start deregulating the financial services industry.