A friend of the blog reminded me today about a questionnaire sent out in August to all of the candidates for governor.
Near the end of the questionnaire, which The Dispatch sent to John Kasich, Ted Strickland and the two third-party candidates in the race for Ohio Governor, was a question about Strickland’s executive order that protected state workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Question 11 was very clearly worded and didn’t allow for any alternative interpretations:
11. Would you renew the 2007 executive order that no one can be fired from or denied a state job on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity?
All of the candidates answered Yes. Including John Kasich.
And yet five months later John Kasich did exactly the opposite of what he had promised: he allowed the executive order to expire without renewing it.
You kind of have to wonder about this one. Did he not understand the question? Did he really intend to renew the order when he answered the question? Or did he just outright lie on the questionnaire hoping no one would notice and the whole thing would go away until after he got elected?
If I had to take a guess, I’d choose number three.
Here’s the original executive order: