When a reporter politely asked Ohio’s Republican governor why he wouldn’t be appearing at tonight’s City Club debate alongside his Democratic challenger, John Kasich nearly went ballistic. With his RLS fully on display, Kasich chided the reporter for daring to raise the issue, making it clear that he was not-so-secretly sick of questions from “people like you” – aka members of the press.

“I’ve already explained all the stuff I have to explain,” said Kasich. “I’ve spent about ten and a half hours here with people like you… and letting people across the state know how I feel about things and… uh… I made all the comments I’m going to make about it.”

On the same stage, LG Mary Taylor and two uncomfortable-looking supporters stood strangely still as the governor continued his rant; their hands crossed or arms tucked tightly, waiting for Kasich to finish.

Taylor, to her credit, soldiered through the troubling exchange with only a few mild and momentary winces.  Her practiced smile, tortured and familiar, seemed almost unfazed by the total shit show unfolding on the stage before her.

I guess at some point, people just get used to John Kasich being a rude obnoxious jerk to everyone around him.

Here’s the video…

  • Steph

    Just noticed the sign ‘Kasich Works’… so he doesn’t care if the rest of us get to or not, eh?

  • dmoore2222

    Looks like Frackin John is starting to crack under the pressure that, despite the alternate reality that the Dispatch and his handlers have tried to create over the past year (read fantasy), he could lose the election to a relative unknown candidate with no money. One that his party declared flawed. This is the second goof he’s made in the last several days. The first being his claim that Obamacare won’t be repealed. I’m sure the teabaggers love that. And now this meltdown. We need a tirade a day from him so voters can really see what they’d be getting for another four years.

  • Carol

    Vote blue…. I did! Mailed it yesterday.

  • Spitfiremk1

    Yes, but then he’s never been one to worry about what he should or shouldn’t do, has he?

  • Think.

    After all of the lies, corruption, and pay-to-prey deals connected with Kasich’s administration for almost four years now, how can ANYONE not see what they’d be getting for another four years if he’s re-elected???

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  • CherMoe

    THIS PROVES that Kasich is CORRUPT and is taking the 5th!!!!! He doesn’t feel he owed Ohioans ANYTHING!!! And NOTHING is all we’ve gotten from him in 4 years!

  • CherMoe

    And this JERK thinks he’s “presidential material?” I THINK NOT!!!

  • Robert

    This guy is a piece of fu**ing sh*t. Ohio, if you keep this @$%!@ in office, you deserve what get.

  • anastasjoy

    What a shame the Columbus Disgrace bought the Other Paper and took their great story “Does Ohio Need a Jerk for a Governor?” offline. The guy has always been an arrogant, unstable, disrespectful clown. I laugh at all the speculation about his presidential campaign. He would not last a week on the national stage without the Disgrace and the Plainly Republican running interference for him.

  • dmoore2222

    Well he should be because the alternate reality that the Dispatch and his handlers have tried to create, as in the election is over, won’t work. People expect public debate in elections (not one-sided feel good declarations) and when they don’t get it they feel put off. We know republicans will vote for four more years of dread but Dems and independents aren’t buying this.

  • 333SAL

    While I think it’s disgraceful that Kasich won’t debate, I did watch the video above and am not getting the “ballistic” part . . . it seemed pretty low-key, albeit arrogant. If we’re going to have a fair discussion here and rise above the tabloid level, we need to avoid such hyperbole. There’s quite enough stuff about Kasich to bring him down (we wish) without resorting to the lowest common denominator.

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