At at a press conference today Kasish decided to tell what he called an “interesting story”. The video is included below.

I’m still working on getting the “interesting story” behind the crazy, Ohio-flag-covered jacket Kasich wore to the event (more information hopefully coming soon), but in the mean time, here’s the “story” he told today:

“I ran into a guy who works for the PUCO, he’s involved with trucks and with licensing and everything and so I found out from a couple of the truckers that when they drive down the road and when they get a little mud on one of their lights and it’s out and they get stopped and I saw this guy and I said look, you don’t have to do that.”

To be honest, I have no clue why a guy from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which regulates providers of utility services in the state, would have any authority over a trucker with mud on his tail lights. Update: According to Modern “PUCO regulates commercial trucks, including weight limits”.

I also have no clue why Kasich thinks HE has the authority to tell Ohio’s law enforcement officers which laws they should and shouldn’t enforce. But based on the many statements he’s made since taking office, he seems to think he does.

Here’s the video. (Please enjoy Mary Taylor’s “please shut up now!” look during Kasich’s rant.)

  • Anonymous

    PUCO regulates commercial trucks, including weight limits. How that constitutes a utility, I’m not sure, but they regulate them. You’ll notice on Ohio semi’s that they’ll have a PUCO license # on their cab:

  • Annekarima

    Is that thing around Taylor’s neck that looks like a dog collar as symbolic as kasich’s jacket?

  • Anastasjoy

    I still don’t see what that has to do with mud on someone’s lights. I thought the weigh stations (which Kasich will probably close totally) were what regulated truck weight.

  • Anonymous

    I had to stop the video when I heard Kasich say “okay.” I stopped looking at his picture a long time ago. I find it difficult to hear his voice. He just makes me ill.

  • Our Governor thinks we are stupid-
    Kasich’s folksy stories and delicate little hand gestures don’t make him endearing: more like condescending to the public, no matter what jacket he wears trying to camouflage his banker’s suit and tie.
    Ms. (“one of my favorite senators”) Manning better be careful, credit for voting against SB5 can only go so far…

  • I’m not sure Kasich understands either. This is just one more case of Kasich trying to tell law enforcement officials which laws they should enforce. He told the Highway Patrol they shouldn’t stop speeders and he called a police officer an idiot for enforcing a law designed to protect police officers.

  • Anonymous

    Do you ever find yourself, in the middle of going about your business, suddenly thinking, “Wow — our governor is a huge ass.” That “Okay” thing of his makes my hair stand on end it’s so annoying. I can’t even watch one second of this nasty, rigid, unreachable bully.

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised he didn’t say that “idiot” officers were stopping trucks with mud on their lights, even though I’ll be no truckers have been stopped for that. I defy Kasich to produce the cases of that happening. I’m sure it’s as apocryphal as Reagan’s Cadillac-driving welfare queen who was collecting 27 welfare checks.

  • Anon

    ” A dictatorship is ok as long as I am the dictator ” GWB 2000

  • Tpiteo65

    the man just oozes unprofessionalism and mary tayler has that fifty foot stare like a deer in the headlights. or more likely a rat on the sinking ship of the state of ohio.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    My kid says he only tells those stories when he cant answer whatever question that has been asked ……lol he does say a lot — wellll let me tell you this lil story( doesnt have nothing to do with the question either) and correct me if I am wrong but isnt a story just that (a story) arent they made up,,,,
    As for the jacket –well whats the old saying about a silk purse and a sows ear– ( lipstick on pigs etc )
    My job requires driving — I see PUCO almost everyday someplace — and they dont pull these guys over for mud on their lights! and besides even if they did once in while — part of their job is to see the trucks are road worthy and safe.
    Kasich hasnt a clue how the real world runs.

  • Andy

    Since SB 5 is a job killing piece of legislation I guess we should call the Governor’s office to complain.

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