If you are surprised by Kasich’s latest gaff – calling a police office an idiot multiple times at his EPA meeting last month – then obviously missed all of the warnings we gave you during the campaign.
Here’s the video…
And the transcription (ht Dispatch):
“Have you ever been stopped by a policeman who’s an idiot?” the governor asked.
“I had this idiot pull me over on (Route) 315. He says, ‘You passed this emergency vehicle on the side of the road and you didn’t yield. I said, ‘I didn’t… officer, are you kidding? I didn’t see… where the heck was it? The last thing I would ever do would be to pass an emergency… Are you kidding me?’
“He says, ‘Well, I understand, give me your license… goes back to the car, comes back, gives me a ticket. He says, ‘You must report to court. If you don’t report to court, we’re putting a warrant out for your arrest.’
“He’s an idiot. We just can’t act that way. And what people resent are people who work in government who don’t treat the client with respect.”
Kasich’s remarks drew a quick response from law enforcement representatives state wide. State Highway Patrol union lawyer Herschel Sigall said: “This is only the most recent strange insensitive and callous remark of the governor. He is obviously authority averse except where he is the authority.”
But the most honest and moving response came from Sara Haughn Winfield, the wife a deputy sheriff in Marion County who was killed in the line of duty.
Sarah recounts personal stories of her own families run ins with people like John Kasich who have no respect for law enforcement officers.
She also makes a great point: Kasich called the police office a jerk for enforcing a law that was put in place to protect police officers:
Thus I must conclude that you are calling this officer an idiot for nothing other than doing his job of enforcing the law. In this situation, a law I might point out was created to ensure the safety of the very officer you are calling an idiot. A law that dear friends of mine testified to have passed after their son was killed directing traffic at an accident scene because a car failed to yield to emergency vehicles and struck and killed their son and a firefighter.
I have much more sympathy for their loss than I do for your inconveince of ticket and perceived attitude from a law enforcement officer. I don’t expect you to understand how passionate police officers are about the laws that are made to protect them because you have never had to stand at your partner’s door at 3AM and tell his wife that he is never coming home again and watch her sink in despair.
She ends with this, and so will I:
I am thankful I don’t allow my children to watch the news, so they won’t know what our Governer thinks of the profession their father gave his life for.