Rob Nichols thinks he’s clever.

After today’s devastating investigative report on JobsOhio, Kasich Spokesman Nichols tried to use out-of-context job numbers to deflect from the revelation that two thirds of JobsOhio’s board members have direct financial ties to companies receiving grants and tax incentives from JobsOhio and the Kasich administration.

“It is working.  JobsOhio, in part, is responsible for 162,000 private sector jobs” claims Nichols, right on message.

But like most of Kasich’s messaging, you have to dig a little deeper to find the truth.

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, since January 2011, Ohio’s employment is up 139,600 – not 162,000.

So if you believed Nichols numbers, you’d think JobsOhio helped create more jobs than the state even gained in the past two and half years!

And that’s where Nichols thinks he being clever – using the phrase  “private sector jobs”.   When you look at ALL the numbers you find that there were actually an additional 22,200 jobs lost over the same time period.

And did these job losses come from the downsizing of state government, a key campaign promise of candidate Kasich?

Hell no.

Instead, Ohio has lost  5,100 federal workers and a whopping 18,400 cops, firefighters, teachers and other local government jobs thanks to Kasich’s disastrous cuts to cities, towns and counties.

At the same time, state government has actually GROWN by 1,300 workers as state spending skyrockets under Kasich with GRF appropriations increasing by over 20%.

And how are we stacking up compared to other states?

Last month, Ohio lost 12,500 jobs – more than every other state but one.  Over the past 12 months Ohio’s job growth is 47% in the nation.

As a matter of fact, job growth was so bad last year that JobsOhio actually changed how they count job commitments in their 2012 annual report so they could exaggerate the number.

Rob Nichols thinks he’s clever.  He thinks that if he repeats some out-of-context, cherry-picked ‘fact’ enough times people will be distracted away from the horrendous job growth Ohio has seen under Kasich.   He thinks people won’t realize how poorly JobsOhio, the cornerstone of Kasich’s economic plan, is performing.  He thinks we’ll all be distracted enough to stop asking about the ever-growing list of transparency and conflict of interest problems at JobsOhio.

Rob Nichols thinks he’s clever.  But he’s not.

  • carrieee4

    Really Kasich & Co. Liar Liar Pantalonas on fire!

  • Think.

    Kasich’s favorite strategy is to constantly repeat out-of-context cherry-picked information to confuse and distract people, but his constituents are finally catching on. 2014 cannot come soon enough!

  • clr1390

    Too bad Democrats do not go out and scream at the top of their lungs these lies. Most people will never know this.

  • dmoore2222

    Kasich’s problem with JobsOhio, aside from it’s enemic results, is that there are too many people who can blow this thing up. And not necessarily insiders. All it would take is an employee of a company that gets a sweetheart deal to leak something juicy to the public about misuse of funds or conflict of interests. Fitzgerald has to keep the pressure on Kasich over JobsOhio. The more Johnny Boy has to talk about it the greater the awareness will be of this campaign slush fund fat with hard earned taxpayer dollars from liqour sales. This could be the gift that keeps on giving, and if Fitzgerald doesn’t take advantage of it then he doesn’t deserve to win. This is right up there with the Mitt Romney off-shore bank accounts that turned a lot of voters off. Kasich has contructed his own gallows and Fitzgerald has the trip lever.

  • Red Rover

    The fact that we’re allowing him a full four years to run our state in to the ground just shows how jacked-up our electoral system is.

  • Think.

    Dear Employees of Any Company That’s Getting a Sweetheart Deal from JobsOhio:
    Take note and leak something juicy to the public about the misuse of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars, specifically over $100 million a year for the next 25 years.

    Ohio Voters

  • dmoore2222

    Good one.

  • dmoore2222

    Well a few more will know about it now. Fitzgerald just filed a complaint with the Ohio Ethics Commission over JobsOhio board members’ conflicts of interest. This has to stay in the conversation all the way to the election. Make Kasich explain away. The more he does the more outrageous this whole thing will look. With JobsOhio he loaded the gun and handed it to Fitzgerald.

  • clr1390

    Most people don’t care. They listen to Fox lies, and believe the world is square.

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