When it comes right down to it, there isn’t much you need to do as Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor. There aren’t any real official duties that keep you busy all day – and you get a staff of multiple people to get you to do the few things the Governor does ask you to do.

So when you do have to go give a speech supporting some important part of the Governor’s policy, it seems like you’d have plenty of time to brush up on the details beforehand. And a number of people around to give you a hand.

I have absolutely no clue what Mary Taylor has been doing the past few weeks, but judging by her comments today in front of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce, she sure as hell hasn’t been following the SB5 debate:

“She said the collective bargaining reforms that are part of Senate Bill 5, which Kasich has spoken in support of, are just one way to help businesses manage their personnel costs and remain competitive.”

Unbelievable! This is the most contentious piece of legislation Ohio has seen in years and a primary component of Governor John Kasich’s policy initiative. It’s received national attention and sparked tens or thousands of working Ohioans rise up and protest. You can not watch the news or read a paper without hearing about SB5.

And the Lieutenant Governor doesn’t know what it does.

It also seems worth mentioning that this isn’t the first time Mary Taylor has shown she has absolutely no clue what the rest of us are talking about. Remember when she said the higher security budget for Kasich is needed to “make Ohio more competitive”?

Either Mary Taylor is a broken robot who only has one answer to every question – or just a lazy, poorly informed and overpaid elected official who can’t even be bothered to read a damned newspaper.

Just to be clear, Ms. Taylor: spending extra money on Kasich’s security doesn’t make Ohio more competitive. And SB5 only reforms collective bargaining rules for public employees. While I’m absolutely certain you and John have also discussed union busting in the context of the private sector (which may explain why you got a little ahead of yourself here) this bill does not impact the private sector.

Can I make a recommendation LG Taylor?

Next time you need to give a speech, spend a few minutes reading Plunderbund first.

 

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