The Dispatch is reporting that Kasich is still refusing to take any responsibility for blocking Ted Strickland’s dangerous animal ban that would have prevented the recent disaster in Zanesville in which dozens of rare, endangered Bengal tigers and other exotic and dangerous animals had to be killed by Sheriff’s deputies.

As they correctly point out, Strickland’s Executive Order prevented people convicted of abuse or neglect of animals from owning exotic pets. And Terry Thompson, the owner of the lions, tigers, bears and other animals that were killed in Zanesville, did have such a conviction and would not have been able to own these animals if Strickland’s order had not been blocked by Kasich.

Again from the Dispatch:

Speaking at a conference in Canton, Ohio, today, Kasich called the situation “a mess” and a “ terrible thing,” but took no blame for allowing Strickland’s order to lapse.

Instead, Kasich and his people have spent the past few days coming up with excuses.

Back in early January, when Kasich first heard about the exotic animal ban, he said he was inclined to keep the order in place. But by late January, Kasich had changed his tune and decided to block the order after hearing from “small-business owners with questions and concerns.”

Now that a major incident has occured as a result of his blocking the ban, Kasich is again changing his story.

Over the past two days Kasich has had his appointees and supporters out defending his choice to block the ban, hoping to prevent his poll numbers from sinking even lower as a result of this disaster.

Kasich appointee Bill Damschroder, chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, has been out telling people that the Kasich administration decided to block the ban after they “determined that the executive order ‘exceeded the agency’s authority.'”

And Jungle Jack Hanna, a Kasich supporter (he gave Kasich/Taylor $7500 in campaign contributions) is now making the rounds on national TV claiming it’s not Kasich’s fault. Jack was on Maddow last night defending the Governor saying even if Strickland’s original ban had been left in place, there wasn’t anyone to enforce it and no place to put the animals if they had to be taken away.

Side Note: Hanna has also come out in favor of Kasich’s plan to allow fracking in the state. I generally like Jungle Jack – but I really think he should stick to conservation and making TV shows and stay out of politics.

So before the incident, Kasich had decided to block the dangerous animal ban because small business owners didn’t like it.

And now, after deputies were forced to kill dozens of animals, Kasich is claiming it was due to deficiencies in Strickland’s original executive order?

“If there’s some way I could’ve prevented it, I would.” Kasich said in Canton.

Yes, if only there was SOME way for John Kasich, Governor of the state of Ohio, arguably the most powerful man in Ohio right now, to have banned large, dangerous predators from being owned by a guy convicted of animal abuse or neglect. If only there was SOME way to do that. But what could John Kasich POSSIBLY have done differently?

Kasich seems quite happy to claim responsibility for all of the good things that Ted Strickland’s administration accomplished. But when something goes wrong, Kasich is quick to deny responsibility, even though it seems likely the disaster could have been prevented, or at least made less severe, had he not blocked Governor Strickland’s executive order.

It’s disasters like this that can define a leader. The good ones step up, take ownership and work tirelessly to get the problem solved. The rest focus on the political implications and spend all their time trying to avoid blame. Anyone want to guess which kind of leader Kasich is turning out to be?

  • Annekarima

    The child is in way over his head and can’t find his way to shore.  This will prevent him from seeking higher office because no one will let him forget who had to come in and clean up his mess.

  • Nobody could have foreseen….

    OOps, I meant that people are more important than “small biz”……

    Public safety is uppermost in my mind as long as we don’t have to pay them…..

    How can I blame Strickland or Obama?>>>>>>OK I’ll blame Strickland—-done!

    Not me I didn’t do it….

    Doesn’t the free market work great….

    Less regulation makes everyone freer to do stoopid stuff

  • Anonymous

    I had not realized that Hanna was such a Kasich-lover.  That’s the last time I spend any money at his zoo.

  • Anonymous

    He didn’t take any responsibility for the fall of Lehman Brothers, either. He didn’t take any responsibility for breaking traffic laws. And at the end of 2014 he won’t take any responsibility for trashing the state of Ohio

  • Anonymous

    Funny that even his excuse can be used against him “Even if the law was kept in place, nobody was there to enforce it”…well now…who’s fault is that?? You’re the guy  in charge sir, if we can find a zillion guys to run these small business initiatives, we can find a crew to enforce animal laws.

  • Anonymous

    the zoo is a great thing for the city to have. take it out on hanna, not the zoo.

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