Kasich’s been talking a lot of shit about the auto industry lately in an attempt to minimize the importance of the Democrat-led rescue that has been winning Senator Sherrod Brown and President Barack Obama votes in Ohio.
After heading praise on the auto industry at the beginning of his term – especially the Ohio-made Chevy Cruze – the Governor spent the past few months downplaying the importance of auto-related companies in Ohio in an attempt to help Romney and other Republicans push back against President Obama and Senator Brown’s overwhelmingly successful auto rescue. Kasich has now taken to straight up lying about the number of Ohioans working in the industry and the jobs created by the rescue.
Just last week Kasich was on Meet the Press claiming only 400 new auto-related jobs have been created.
But a study by Innovation Ohio shows that the auto “industry has created over 17,300 Ohio jobs since the rescue.” 400 vs 17,300? Big difference there.
According to the same IO report, Kasich’s own Department of Development says “34% of private investment in 2011… was in the auto industry” accounting for “18% of all private sector job announcements.”
Ohio will likely decide the 2012 election and Ohioans, despite Kasich’s misinformation, know the importance the auto industry plays in our state. Sherrod Brown and Barack Obama supported the auto rescue. They saved and created Ohio jobs and this is winning them votes.
Republicans have been floundering to find a response. Romney tried doubling down on his “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” comments. When that didn’t work, he starting pushing the lie that Jeep is planning to ship jobs to China. Both tactics failed.
Brown’s opponent Josh Mandel spent the past year refusing to comment on the auto rescue, hoping it would just go away. Recently he switched gears and started attacking Brown as a “bailout senator” for his industry-saving votes. Again, two failures.
And John Kasich? As we already noted, he’s tried to help them both out by dismissing the hard work of Ohio’s workers and the importance of investments made by auto companies in our state. But Ohioans aren’t buying it.
I could go on, but I think a couple of pictures help tell the story even better.
Sherrod Brown has been touring Ohio in a caravan of Ohio-made Jeeps and Chevy Cruzes. The Brown family owns two of these Ohio-made cars.
John Kasich, according to video from the now-famous 2008 “idiot cop” traffic stop, drives a Toyota.