John Kasich is scheduled to appear at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s luncheon tomorrow but the location was recently moved in an attempt to avoid labor groups from protesting at the event.

According to Youngstown’s Business Journal Daily:

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber’s luncheon Thursday featuring Gov. John Kasich has been relocated to Youngstown-Warren Regional airport — apparently in reaction to widespread calls for labor protests at the event.

So Kasich and his Chamber pals move their event to an aircraft hangar in the middle of Mahoning County to hide from the protesting of hard-working Ohioans. And as they sit around bemoaning all of the attention the unions are getting for their protests some brainiac blurts out: Hey! Why don’t we stage our own rally!

And, I shit you not, that’s exactly what they decide to do.

The local TV station (WKBN) is now reporting that:

A notification from the Mahoning County GOP Wednesday encourages its members to attend a rally beforehand and “dress warmly and bring your homemade signs of support.”

To prepare, the notice said there will be a sign-making party at the Mahoning County Republican Headquarters in Boardman 7 p.m. Wednesday. It’s encouraging attendees to bring their signs Thursday.

A bunch of Republicans in the heart of union country attending a sign-making party for a rally in support of a union-busting bill?

What could possibly go wrong there?

I’m anxiously waiting for the photos and video of the 8 people attending the pro-SB5 rally at the airport. Even Kasich’s folks wouldn’t try to spin that as support for the bill… would they?

  • Tim M

    It’s GW all over again.

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  • Jen

    I’m envisioning homeschooled kids and their parents bonding over posterboard, glue sticks, and Gadsden flag coloring pages.

  • Anonymous

    Steve Driehaus had public townhalls. Here’s the 9/12 group in Cincinnati video of it.

    What else you got, genius?

  • Anastasjoy

    Bullshit. My congresswoman had a public townhall metting — in fact, there were hundreds across the country. The ones that were cancelled were cancelled as a result of ignorant, brainwashed zombie righties who threatened disruption and violence. In fact, my congresswoman’s rally was interrupted by a handful of disruptive righties who stood up and screaming lies while others were trying to speak. Luckily she had them evicted when they would not allow others their turn to speak as well.

    Have you been checked for amnesia lately? You clearly don’t remember how many of these townhalls were similarly disrupted by lying righties? The only bitch is the double standard and the ignorance coming from the right.

  • Ha, ha, ha! You know, I was at that contentious Steve Driehaus rally linked to by modernesquire and had to put up with the spittle-flecked rantings of the tea party crowd. Hey, remember that Barney Frank viral video during the HCR debate, where he tells one of you (or a Laroucher, hard to tell the difference) that he’d rather have a conversation with a dining room table? That was at a town hall too, and that video was everywhere, for days; I find it impossible to believe that you’re not aware of it. And Gabrielle Giffords, does that name ring a bell? She held town halls during HCR.

    The entire “Town Halls Gone Wild” concept promoted by Fox News, Malkin, et al was aimed at disrupting HCR town hall meetings held by Democratic members of Congress. Woulda been a kinda dumb plan if the Democrats didn’t actually hold the meetings, right? Thing is, they did. And something tells me you know that’s true, but that’s not going to stop you from blatantly lying to score some kind of political point that, frankly, doesn’t make any sense.

  • APG

    Mary Jo Kilroy had one too, if I’m not mistaken.

  • Stwajda

    The Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport is not located in Mahoning County; it’s about 10 miles north in Vienna, in rural Trumbull County. And it’s the place that John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate. When that event occurred, news outlets were inside–they didn’t cover all the protests outside.

  • Anonymous

    So right, TavernWench. My congresswoman, Marcia Fudge, not only had one but she allowed EVERYBODY to speak. There was a long line, and when one of her aides said, “We;ll just take a couple more questions,” she insisted she would answer every one. Many were unfriendly; many were filled with tea-party lies that were laughable. She listened patiently and responded. The only people she had thrown out were those that would not yield the floor once they spoke their piece.

  • clambake

    …and don’t forget the misspellings and malapropisms.

  • Anonymous

    That is truly a funny image. 🙂

    However, I doubt that there’s very many homeschooling parents in Mahoning County – unless they import some true believers from Portage and Summit counties.

  • I have spent the last 2 hours on Huffpo telling everybody to call call call Ohio state senators against SB5, and reminding everybody of the 50 state meet-up at statehouses on Saturday at Noon. Just thought I’d post it here also as a little reminder.. your all great and thanks for this blog!

  • guest

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they paid people to be there.

  • I’m trying to call my senator – all I get is voicemail, and he won’t return my calls!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for this clarification. In other words, despite statutory language to the contrary, some domestic partner benefits have been given (not health care benefits, but leave benefits). I recall that Governor Strickland implemented that. But because these benefits exists solely as a result of collective bargaining, and SB 5 ends the ability of these agreements to continue, ergo SB 5 will erode gains made for same-sex couples in Ohio.

    Am I getting what you’re telling us right?

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  • Jen

    Fun for the whole family!

    You’re right – probably not many homeschoolers. I had suburban Central OH on the brain, where there are more fundamentalist homeschoolers and future Kasich office interns than you can shake a stick at.

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