Cliff Rosenberger made it to the Cleveland City Club podium Friday as the new Ohio House Speaker, splashing about a lot of cliches about how he plans to deliver the state into the future. The Plain Dealer covered the visit by the 33-year-old Clarksville Republican that dealt almost entirely with Gov. Kasich’s proposed tax reforms – or not – and the need for bipartisan support from the handful of Democrats in the legislature.

The PD’s report could easily be summed up by his non-committed views on these matters that went this way:

“Rosenberger told the City Club that he is not opposed to the concept of shifting Ohio’s tax burden more toward consumption taxes. But he didn’t commit to any particular part of the governor’s tax proposal.” So there!

The speaker’s meet-and-greet session in northern Ohio did seem to need a little fuller introduction as to what he also has in his political profile. A few items to consider:

93 pct. rating from the Buckeye Firearms Assn.; 100 pct. from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce; 80 pct. from the American Conservative Union and endorsements from the National Rifle Association and Ohio Right to Life. He also supports increasing the pay of elected officials and limiting the use of manure and fertilizer. The latter initiative would seem to be hopelessly out of reach at the Statehouse.

And bipartisan support? His arrival in the top House seat doesn’t seem to leave a lot of elbow room for the few progressives left at the Statehouse.

 

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