To say John Kasich has a muddled history on the issue of Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs—i.e.- video slot machines) at horseracing tracks. 

Kasich was highly critical of Governor Ted Strickland’s initial decision to permit VLTs as a way to avoid freezing planned income tax cuts and still balance the budget.

Kasich largely refused to take an actual position on VLTs during the campaign.  Then in February, Kasich told the Youngstown Vindicator:

As for a time frame for a decision on legalizing slots, Kasich said, “Haste makes waste. I want to make sure we do everything we’re doing and make sure it’s being done right.”

He told a Vindicator reporter that he won’t “set a time limit” because he would then be held to that schedule.

Fast forward to today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Gov. John Kasich moving fast on racetrack slots, asks Controlling Board for approval of no-bid contract

Gov. John Kasich on Monday asked for approval of a no-bid, multimillion contract the administration says will help speed the arrival of slots-like gambling at Ohio’s racetracks.

It doesn’t hurt that the company Kasich wants to award the contract to a company that has hired Doug Preisse and Robert Klaffky, two longtime and close political confidantes of Kasich.

It’s true that Intralot, the company involved, already has a contract with the Ohio Lottery Commission that it was granted under Governor Strickland to run the Commission’s on-line games.  That contract was awarded in a bid process.

No bid-contracts results in inflated prices and sometime subpar performance, especially when it’s to incredibly politically well-connected companies who keep the Governor’s friends on their payroll.

Nothing to see here folks, move along.

What was that about “no snouts at the trough” and “haste makes waste?”

  • Even more hypocrisy from our not so esteemed governor.

  • You forgot to mention that David Hansen, the husband of Kasich’s chief of staff (Beth Hansen), was one of the people responsible for LetOhioVote – the group fought against slots at tracks when Strickland wanted to do it.

  • Anonymous

    Beth Hansen — talk about “snouts at the trough.” Her snout is the biggest one of all, snorfling up taxpayer dollars like there’s no tomorrow to slake her own greed. Maybe the Hansens would like to let us know why they expect the taxpayers to fund their extravagant lifestyle. What mooches. Let’s drug test them!

  • Johnny Wall Street is no longer surprising me, all of his stuff has gotten routine.  That is a shame. 

  • Guest

    Not surprised. I have three words for Prince John: hy po and crite. But it is so natural since he is a lying TGOPer, that he is going to make sure that the benefits goes to his friends (ONLY) but not to us the real taxpayers and citizens. 

    Evil in America. 

  • Anonymous

    I love how the Republicans act like they own morality, patriotism, law & order etc yet their actions are usually just the opposite.

    I wonder how the religious conservatives who voted for Kasich like this new widespread gambling stuff…

  • Anonymous

    Johnny is a creep and so are the rest of his well paid creepy cronies.  YUK!!!

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