Seriously, is Kevin Dewine kidding?

"This month serves as an important reminder to Republicans that our party must work every day to achieve diversity. Our conservative principles are shared by many in the African American community, but we need to do more to transform those common values into partisan affiliation.

“Ohio Republicans have worked hard to advance opportunity and diversity in public service, becoming the first party to elect an African American county sheriff, county commissioner, state legislator, statewide executive, state supreme court justice, and lieutenant governor. Ohio Republicans also nominated the first African American candidate for governor.

“Despite those firsts, our party has a long way to go. We must do more to build on our accomplishments, communicate them to our constituents and improve on our diversity. I challenge every Republican to think toward those ends as we set aside this month to celebrate the contribution of black Americans to our nation’s heritage.”

This is THREE MONTHS after the Ohio Republican Party supported a candidate against the only statewide African-American officeholder who portrayed him as a black Muslim!

You’d have to go back twenty years to find the last time the Ohio GOP ran a statewide ticket with no African-American candidate even on the primary ballot.  It ran no African-American candidates for Congress.  I don’t think it ran a single African-American candidate for the State House or Senate.  According to the Ohio Black Republicans Association, there are only three African-Americans in the State Party’s Central Committee.  There are no African-American Republican Mayors, County Commissioners, or appellate court judges.  In fact, there is only one African-American non-judicial Republican county officeholder in the entire State of Ohio!

There are actually less Republican African-Americans in leadership positions in Ohio today than during the last two decades!

And John Kasich just today trotted out an outdated African-American hire to try to quell criticism of the utter lack of diversity in his Administration after admitting that he had told an African-American State Senator he didn’t need “her people.”  That hire, of course, was for the job of Minority Outreach, which apparently is the only think Kasich believes an African-American is the best possible person for a job in his Administration.

The Ohio Republican Party might have a history of the advancement of African-Americans, but that’s all it is… history.  As the Ohio Democratic Party pushes Ohio to turn the page of history forward on civil rights issue and issue, Republicans like John Kasich keep wanting to thumb back a few pages and revisit the past.