As any fan of the “West Wing” knows, Friday afternoon is “take out the trash” day in the communication cycle. Particularly, when March Madness is going on and everyone’s still drunk from St. Patrick’s Day/boasting JobsOhio funding.
Today, a bitter and angry Governor Kasich announced that he was permanently removing Mark Kvamme as Director of the Ohio Department of Development and naming James Leftwich to be the new Director. Kvamme will be appointed to a newly created “Director of Job Creation” post within Governor Kasich’s office. In other words, an office switching sham in order to try to avoid the consequence that Mark Kvamme is constitutionally barred from holding a public position in Ohio since he is not, nor has any intention of being, an Ohio resident.
Kasich bitterly blamed “partisan politics” for the move, and as David Skolnick of the Youngstown Vindicator noted on Twitter, not the constitutional violation that Kvamme’s appointment was.
Yes, you read that right. John Kasich just issued a statement on a Friday afternoon to admit one of his first official acts in office was to violate the Constitution of the State of Ohio, and then he grumbled like a Scooby Doo villain about how he could have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for those damn progressive kids and their lawsuit.
"I was frustrated when some tried to raise roadblocks to his eligibility to serve based on his residency, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by anything in politics," Mr. Kasich said.
Damn people and their insistence on me following the constitution…
Former Celeste Agriculture attorney Victoria Ullman was the first I am aware who raised the issue of Kvamme’s eligibility and was representing Progress Ohio in their court challenge. Congratulations to you both on forcing the Governor to adhere to the State’s charter of government.