As Brian discussed a few days ago Senator Seitz has been kicked off the government oversight committee, which he chaired, for disagreeing with Governor Kasich on SB5.

While Senate President Niehaus has taken responsibility for Seitz’s removal as committee chair, everyone knows Kasich was the motivating force behind the decision, and everyone knows the reason why, including Seitz:

“I will not speak to the motivation behind it because it was not my decision,” Seitz said. “But having been removed from one committee weeks ago and now being removed from another, it brings to mind res ipsa loquitur, which in Latin means ‘the thing speaks for itself.’”

Kasich punishing people who oppose him shouldn’t surprise anyone. Plunderbund spent the entire campaign highlighting example upon example of Kasich acting like a gigantic ass. And since he’s become Governor things have only gotten worse.

A police officer gives Kasich a ticket and two years later he’s still ranting to anyone who will listen about what “an idiot” the officer was.

The teachers’ unions opposed Kasich during the last election and he promises to break their backs if they don’t take out a full page ad apologizing.

An EPA employee talks to the press about one of Kasich’s lies and he forces the entire staff of the agency to come to Columbus so he can berate them.

Of course, that wasn’t enough for Angry John so then proceeded to push a legislative agenda that completely screws teachers, police officers and every state worker.

We’ve seen it time and time again: If you cross John Kasich, you WILL feel his wrath. If you cross John Kasich, he will not forget. He’s like a big, angry, vindictive, awesome-memory-having elephant who has suddenly found himself in a position of power; a pissed-off pachyderm with pointy tusks running through town gouging out the hearts of anyone who ever looked at him the wrong way.

First-hand accounts from multiple sources show that even more nasty behavior is happening behind the scenes.

For example, one of the first things Kasich did when he was elected Governor was to send his lackeys around the state to send a warning to Ohio’s lobbying firms: if you hire Strickland staffers will get ignored by the new administration.

He did the same thing with some of Ohio’s industry associations, going so far as to insist they fire people they had already hired if they wanted a seat at the table.

He has even hunted down and fired state employees who were hired by Governor Strickland. Going so far as the reclassify the positions they held to enable him to fire them. And he’s threatened long-serving classified employees in order to get them to reveal the names of Strickland appointees during his witch hunt.

And the angry and vindictive behavior isn’t constrained by party lines. I’ve also heard Kasich threatened legislators from his own party to get them to vote for SB5 and now he’s punishing the ones who didn’t heed his warning.

We tried to warn you. We really did. And we weren’t the only ones. Example after example of Kasich’s dickish behavior was revealed during the campaign, including a long list in an article by Lyndsey Teeter of the Other Paper who asked her readers:Does Ohio need an SOB as Governor?

Not surprisingly, this is exactly what we ended up with.

  • Anastasjoy

    Heartbreaking. And you are right — no surprise. This is why I’m getting angrier and angrier about how Democrats are urged to include Republicans in their administrations/conversations/bill sponsoring/policy proposing — even told by the Wise Pundits that they MUST do so in order to have credibility and widespread public buy-in or their policies. They are patted on the back for doing so. Yet Republicans NEVER do this. You HAVE to totally agree with their wacko, extremist, ultra-right positions and never bring up an objection, or you’re out. They are driven every sensible, pragmatic voice from their party and it’s now full of vicious, angry, heartless, inhumane bullies. We should NEVER negotiate or compromise with these people ever again.

  • Annekarima

    Someone, somewhere has something on the man. When enough is enough, it will surface.

  • Guest

    You know, I don’t know of a more staunch republican than my father. When even my elephant loving 75 year old father is shaking his head and saying “what the hell is he thinking?” about Kasich’s antics, I know trouble is coming in republican paradise.

  • StoptheInsanity

    Someone has to stop the Man-Child before we are the victim of yet another of his tantrums.

  • Victoria

    He’s creating lawsuit faster than I can file them–but any classified employee illegally fired for political purposes or pressured to reveal Strickland hires (which can be obtained easily through DAS and looking at dates then going to BOE) but—any of people in that position should be contacting employment lawyers immediately most of those cases will be taken on a contingency. I will give a free consult to anyone fired by Kasich to determine if you have a colorable case. 6142532692. sometimes lawyers are the answer. I won two against Voinovich and kept the third going for 10 years to bug them (that one was personal)

  • Tarfam325

    Governor Kasich must have been a horrible student, because if he had good teachers, they would have taught him the most important rules… Like our school’s ABC rules: Always walk (in legislative terms that would mean take your time to carefully draft legislation that is respectful of the needs of all of your consituents), Be respectful (self-explanatory to most well-educated children) and Cooperate with others (instead of forcing your own way on others). Governor Kasich is going to threaten our NBA (No Bullying Allowed) program at our school! How do you convince children that the most basic and important fundamental principles of society need to be respected when their governor is violating every single rule? When Kasich “breaks the backs” of “teacher unions”, he will also be breaking the backs of teachers and their families and students. Then our state will be filled with self-centered, egocentric, poorly educated students who grow up to be just like our governor.

  • joeHill999

    Everyone should remember that this is not a new nor the Kasich model but one that was popularized by Karl Rove, Glover Norquist, Lee Atwater and others. This approach was first developed by College Republicans in the mid-late 70’s and early 80’s. Destruction of any opponent by any means was seen as acceptable and a thing to be emulated. They did this to each other while playing at politics as college students. It should come as no surprise that they would continue to use this approach. Removing Senator Seitz was just another exercise in Rat-F–king(College Republican terminology). It’s all about power as politics has always been and Kasich’s behavior makes this very clear.

  • santoshama

    Excellent comment. I found a great quote from Soichiro Honda today on just this theme:

    What we learn through failure becomes a precious part of us, strengthening us in everything we do. So let the tough things make you tougher.

  • Madashell

    Boldness is a mask for fear…someone please unmask the cowardly King!!!

  • guest

    well, croatia sided with the nazis

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Well all this has taken its toll in some form.
    Bill Seitz has had enough–its rumored hes moving out from the shared townhouse he had with ol Niehaus
    These people are cold and heartless–anyone ever tell you that you shouldnt be cruel–those folks may be the ones you have to depend later for survival
    Well I hope these folks never need me — if they do –they are out of luck.

  • Anon

    Lots of people under the bus, welcome Bill. You are in good company. The governor is one in a long line of haters. K-suck = Bush 3.0. “It” doesn’t work for us especially the regular people who voted for him. They are what I call K-suckers.

  • Anonymous

    Grendell wasn’t removed from any committees and hasn’t been the victim of GOP games to ensure SB 5 passed the Senate, for one.

  • The good news is I can see Ted spanking Kasich in the next election. If he wants to run. I’ve seen him do it before in the 6th district when he lost to Frank Cremeans then promptly turned around and beat him two years later.

  • Madrigal Maniac

    My hope is that Ted runs again and kicks King Kasich’s ass. He’s done it before in the 6th district when he lost his seat to Frank Cremeans, then won it back from Cremeans two years later.

    I love the “idiot” video. He’s calling a public employee and idiot while talking about how public employees should treat the public. Isn’t he a public employee?

  • Kuck Fasich. He’s nothing but a sociopathic one-termer anyhow.

  • What we have seen is that there is an element in America that does not want to accept rational thought as reality. Instead, they desire to create their own reality – raising up their children without world views and building schools and universities which espouse their teachings. Meanwhile, they take advantage of modern discoveries of science but deny the very thought processes that have allowed those inventions. Close-minded, prejudice, bigoted, supremacist attitudes are becoming quite vogue. Though it was established by the court that the use of the word God does not constitute endorsement by the government of a deity, it is disturbing to see that this is the rallying cry of extremists who feel we should all be shoved into Christianity or martyred.

  • need I say Hitler?

  • need I say Hitler?

  • Kaisich is like my ex-husband. You take 99% of what he says and throw it away as a out and out lie. Then the last 1% you divide in half and maybe that half can be construed into the truth.

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