A representative of the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) spoke to reporters outside of Controlling Board hearings today.  And when I say “spoke”, I mean only that words came out of his mouth, not that anything useful was actually said.

Reporters were interested in JobsOhio funding, specifically why the Ohio DSA give nearly $5 Million in grants to JobsOhio without first getting approval from the Controlling Board as required by law.  But Spokesman Todd Walker was clearly not  ready to answer any JobsOhio-related questions.  Instead he interrupted reporters and provided the same answer each time:  if you submit your questions to me I will be happy to answer them individually.

Reporters were NOT happy.

“So we have to put our questions to you in writing?”, asked Joe Vardon of the Columbus Dispatch.  “Submit your questions and I will be happy to answer [them]”, Walker responds.

“Did someone instruct you not to answer our questions collectively?”, asks Vardon later.  “No, we’re happy to answer – Joe, I’ve worked with you many times and answered many of your questions and I’d be more than willing to work with you to answer any questions that you have.”

“You aren’t prepared to answer any of our questions now?”, asks Julie Carr Smyth from the AP.  “I am prepared to answer your questions individually,” says Walker.

It goes on like this for nearly two minutes, ending with Walker refusing to even tell reporters his name.

As always, Ohio Capital Blog has the video (linked below).

Happy Sunshine Week from the Kasich administration!


  • Say what? All questions in writing? Me thinks the stench is about to reach skunk level…Has JK finally pissed off the CD? Buckle up, folks, the fireworks are coming…Can’t wait…hehehe

  • Dale Russell

    sounds more like “we need more time to shred and burn evidence…send out the minion”.

  • dmoore2222

    How could you not know this kind of unraveling would happen when you create a private enterpirse using public money? This guy is way dumber than I thought.

  • dmoore2222

    According to this monrning’s CD article Walker claims “this type of grant doesn’t have to go before the controlling board.” Oh. Was it Monopoly money? Coupons? S&H Green Stamps? They’re just making this crap up as they go along. Typical Kasich amateurism.


    GOP moral values.


    You get what you vote for.

  • Clecinosu

    The same thing will happen to the “hand-written questions.”

    Shorter Walker: “Just put them in the box marked, ‘To be shredded.'”

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has just released his office’s 2013 Edition of “Ohio Sunshine Laws: An Open Government Resource Manual.” AG DeWine says,”Part of our mission to protect Ohio families includes protecting the public’s right to know and to hold their government accountable.” Ha! Could this get any more absurd?

  • liberalslose

    have you read the politico article on how republicans are looking at john Kasich on his successes in creating jobs? all republicans are looking at Midwest governors for solutions. but you probably are busy protesting something that no one really cares about.

  • liberalslose

    and they ain’t voting for you.

  • liberalslose

    why don’t I come to your office and I start asking you questions with cameras a blazing? then I got back to my edit booth and make you look like, what, huh? me? i’m on my way. those in glass houses…

  • liberalslose

    you guys are ridiculous. you have an idiot candidate, Kasich has been one of the most successful governors in bringing jobs to the state and you think people are shredding documents on the side. look at your president and don’t use your cellphone cause Obama has the nsa on code red, beyond bush even requested after 9/11.

  • have you read the actual job numbers?

    Over the past 12 months Ohio ranks 47th in job creation nationally.   Only 3 states did worse than Ohio.
    Last month Ohio lost 12, 500 jobs.  Only TN did worse.

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

    ——– Original message ——–

  • Clecinosu

    And which WSYX reporter are you? And why are you responding now to a five-month old thread?

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