If Ohio Gov. John Kasich does become president in 2016, he can make history by moving the State of the Union Address in 2017 from the Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C, where it’s been delivered for the last 215 years, to a heartland community like McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, his blue-collar hometown, or maybe Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, whose voters sent him to represent them in congress nine straight elections.
In its report Friday, the AP speculated that Gov. Kasich and his handlers likely chose the town of just 13,000 to butter up new 33-year old House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger, who served as the national political events coordinator for Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and whose home is in nearby Clarksville. Ready to release his third budget on Monday, the governor needs a super-majority [65 out of 99 seats] House Republican Caucus to see things his way, and making nice by flattering the new 33-year old head of the House, as he did with former House Speaker Bill Batchelder and current Senate President Keith Fabor, both of whom the Kasich Administration catered to by delivering a SOTS in their backyards, only makes sense as it continues his new practice of buying goodwill with a political roadshow.
In addition to the shear show value of delivering an event that wouldn’t have the PR punch if it were delivered at the Statehouse in Columbus, for obvious reasons, Gov. Kasich, 62-years old and a former Fox Channel political talk show host, will roll out another one of his revival style events in a small city that got it’s wings clipped when DHL flew away in 2008, taking thousands of jobs with it that have yet to be replaced. Just last year, Gov. Kasich visited to tout new jobs coming to the community, but expert job watcher say he’s still more than 100,000 jobs short of a full recovery. Gov. Kasich has now under-performed the national average for job growth for 26 straight months.