Back on Jan. 7th, 2011 Gov. Ted Strickland issued a executive order banning “the keeping of big cats, bears, wolves” in Ohio. On taking office, John Kasich blocked the order, claiming he was concerned the ban would negatively impact small-business owners. He eventually let Strickland’s executive order expire.

Jump ahead to today…

Late this evening in Zanesville Ohio dozens of wild animals escaped from a private owner’s home including “grizzly and black bears, wolves, and several species of large cats, including lions, tigers and cheetahs”.

As I type this, many of these dangerous animals are still loose in Muskingum County. School has been cancelled. People have been asked to stay in their homes. And Sheriff’s deputies have been working all night to protect the citizens in Muskingum County.

Now whether we can directly tie the animal escape to Kasich is certainly open to discussion. And we can debate whether the exotic animal ban would have prevented this incident, but it would be difficult for me – or anyone – to question the motives and competence of the Sheriff’s deputies and other law enforcement officers on the scene right now protecting the citizens in Muskingum County.

Unfortunately that’s exactly what the wife of Kasich’s closest advisor, Jai Chabria, did this evening.

As the story of the animals’ escape unfolded, and news that Sheriff’s deputies had been forced to shoot at least one of the animals was made public, Jai’s wife Tammy took the opportunity to publicly attack the police officers and public employees in general on Twitter.

Chabria called the officers “inhumane morons who have no idea what they’re doing and shouldn’t be permitted to do this job”. And called the Sheriff’s “shoot to kill” order “Incompetence.”

She even took the opportunity to personally attack multiple people associated with We Are Ohio, sarcastically saying “incompetence by these public employees will win you many sympathies to your cause.”

It’s worth noting that “Ohio has the fourth highest number of incidents in the United States involving [exotic animals] escaping, injuring or killing people or other animals.” The ‘escaping’ number seems likely to go up this evening. But hopefully, with the help of Ohio’s dedicated law enforcement officers, no one will be injured or killed.

While many people are making jokes and kidding around on Twitter about the dangerous escaped animals, Muskingum County Sheriff’s deputies are out in the field making sure Ohioans are safe.

It really surprises me that anyone would question the motives of the officers in this situation. And it absolutely amazes me that someone so closely tied to the Governor’s anti-union, Pro-SB5/Issue 2 campaign would make public statements attacking these officers while trying to score political points.

Just to be clear, Tammy doesn’t speak for the administration nor for her husband. And her concern for the animals seems sincere. She absolutely has the right to say whatever she wants about public employees or SB5 or Issue 2 on Twitter or any other forum just like she’s been doing for months without any comment from us. But calling these officers morons and incompetent public employees when four tigers, a lion, eight bears and 12 wolves are on the loose in Zanesville seems to show a deep-seated and ingrained level of disrespect for police officers and public employees in general – the type of disrespect that is at the heart of their side’s arguments in favor of SB5/Issue 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Just do what they do to me. No big deal. I get called a “union thug” or “commie” by these new republicans, and I’m a war time military veteran who serves his community 40+ hours a week. ¬†These guys can’t even be bothered to do jury duty.

    Besides it’s the internet. Who cares.

  • Delco

    If that nebulous term “Fiscal Republican” means “a fiscally responsible Republican”, then¬†clearly the description is a¬†contradictio in terminis.¬† However, I sarcastically¬†use the term (appropriately so) as a rhetorical oxymoron.¬†¬†I am not sure why you would feel the need to quiz Dani RN on literary devices, and I don’t know about¬†the “oxy” part, but I have definite opinions on who is the “moron”.

  • Anonymous

    Couple things my friend, just some observations…
    (1) True, but when it comes from the right it’s a little shocking, I mean they claim to own patriotism and be all pro law and order. ¬†So when a Kasich crony refers to cops as “inhumane morons” it’s newsworthy. ¬†I like to peruse opposing viewpoint websites, over at the Glenn Beck forums they openly call for the death of police officers, refer to them as “commies” and “union thugs” and worse. Honestly I was surprised by that and like to think they are in the minority, but it is prevalent .

    (2) I see your point maybe if you are talking about some ivory tower academics , old school lefties or college age radicals. But the gist of people who oppose SB5 are working class, family types with mortgages, mouths to feed etc. No matter how much your side tries to paint them as “union thugs” I know the truth.

    (3) Probably true.

    (4) Your own police stereotypes are shining through, no cop enjoys taking a life- even when it’s a vicious animal.¬†

    (5) weak, initial reports ¬†didn’t list the giraffes and monkeys.

    Anyways, hope you stick around here and express yourself more often. 

  • Anonymous

    So basically what you’ve written is a detailed and long-winded(**) admission of ‘No, ¬†this isn’t about the animal situation, but rather an opportunity to assert “Kasich cronies bad, public employees good.”‘ ¬†… which is pretty much how I described it immediately above your response, right?

    “The fact is that¬†Mrs. Chabria¬†may need to exercise some discretion regarding her first amendment rights.” ¬†*That* is precious. ¬† Don’t be passive and equivocate with “may” if you truly feel people with whom you disagree (or are married to employees of people you don’t like) should curtail their First Amendment rights. ¬† Let’s forget the mantra¬†¬†of “question authority”. ¬†Or does questioning the decisions of public officials only apply to those who support you point of view?

    It’s also interesting that you (and others here) view her primarily as a man’s wife, and not her own person with her own identity, own career, own opinions, and own outlook of the world. ¬†“her comments were insensitive” ¬†Newsflash: so were those of President Obama labeling the actions of the Cambridge Police Officer in charge of Diversity Training as “acting stupidly” in the line of respectable duty. Were you outraged then, too? ¬†Second newsflash: LEO’s are called much worse, and are selected in part for their ability to brush off such insults and carry on with tasks at hand.

    “There is no “feigned love affair” between self-described¬†“progressives” and¬†unionized law enforcement (or¬†firefighters, teachers, or state and local public employees).” ¬†You and I will have to politely disagree about that. ¬†From the outside looking in, it’s very clear there is.
    Sincerely, “Moonie” (sic)**I did get a chuckle from your choices of words… eg,: ¬†“Best practices” regarding exotic animal escapes, seriously? ¬†A tweet as “the unfortunate publication of an opinion”. ¬†“Wherein said wife”? useful in a run-on when a simple “who” doesn’t suffice ūüėČ

  • MrGavel

    This is the bottom line: Most Republican activists think they are better than government employees and so think that it is okay to insult them, degrade them, and harass them while they are doing their jobs. We see this with our Governor, we see it with the State Senator who was involved in a domestic violence call, and now we see it with this lady. 

  • Anonymous

    She serves on at least one Republican PAC, I think I saw her listed as a treasurer? So she has taken an active role in the party and is not just a politician’s wife.

    For the record, I thought President Obama’s comments were just as bad, premature and showed his own misconceptions. I like to think he’s grown out of that after being president for awhile now and being surrounded by military and law enforcement.

  • Anonymous

    An apt description of Kasich, an “inhumane moron who has no idea what he’s doing and shouldn’t be permitted to do this job”.

  • Joeswifemandy

    Terry was no freak. Did you know him? All you know is what you read. Just remember there’s two sides to every story. Terry was way in over his head with the animals, he was in the middle of losing everything including his wife. He snapped. He was never the same when he got back from Vietnam, as I’m sure we will see many of our soldiers having problems after they come home from fighting the endless battle they are fighting. So make sure you remember to call them all freaks when they come back with outlooks that don’t seem right to YOU.

  • Joeswifemandy

    Because Terry had snapped. He was in a huge mess with no way out. He had got to the point that he just couldn’t handle people anymore. He liked animals more than humans. His money was running out and he didn’t know how to care for the animals anymore. He had been feeding them road kill and dead livestock from farmers but there were sooooo many to feed.many of the animals were from others that bought them and couldn’t care for them. In Terry’s last moments who knows what he was thinking. All that’s known is that he killed himself so obviously he wasn’t thinking clearly. Out of sorrow, hopelessness, anger, resentment, ect maybe he let them loose as a way of telling everyone off one more time. Or maybe he thought the animals could get a chance at freedom. Maybe he knew they would get shot and thought they’d be better off. We don’t know. But we know he wasn’t thinking in his right mind.

  • Dian

    Pouring down rain, continuous loud thunder and lightning strikes, pitch black dark outside and there are 56 wild and dangerous animals on the run scared and hungry! Where in the H was this woman’s head? Her comments were about as useless as Kasich himself! Quite a few people live near the Thompson farm on Kopchak Road and many, many others within a 3 mile radius. Many people were in danger as well as the traffic on Interstate 70 which runs parallel with the Thompson property. Most of us who live in Muskingum County have high praises for our Sheriff Matt Lutz and his deputies for doing what had to be done to protect the citizens. This Terry Thompson has been a Looney Tune for a long, long time. The sheriff’s office has been called numerous times for animals on the loose and living conditions and suspicions of animal cruelty reports as found at; just reading through some of the reports, I was appalled at the inhumane treatment of these animals and do not understand why the State of Ohio could not have done something to get them away from the Thompsons……so before Mrs. Chabria goes spouting off at the mouth, maybe she should become more informed before sticking her foot in it and makes an ignorant comment. Maybe she’s the one her husband should have committed to a cage!¬† THANKS, MATT LUTZ AND DEPUTIES FOR SAVING HUMAN LIVES IN OUR COUNTY.
    Zanesville resident, Muskingum County, Ohio

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