Last month we wrote about the upcoming Defending The American Dream Summit to be held in Columbus, Ohio this August. Sponsored by the Koch Brother-funded group Americans For Prosperity (AFP), the Summit will feature a slew of well-known Republican office holders, many of whom are running for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Georgia Senator David Perdue and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker have all been invited to speak.
Still not on the invitation list? Ohio Governor John Kasich.
A recent Politico story may provide some insight into why Kasich has not been invited to speak at this huge conservative event taking place a few blocks from his office :
Kasich’s temper has made it harder to endear himself to the GOP’s wealthy benefactors. Last year, he traveled to Southern California to appear on a panel at a conference sponsored by the Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch. At one point, according to accounts provided by two sources present, Randy Kendrick, a major contributor and the wife of Ken Kendrick, the owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, rose to say she disagreed with Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid coverage, and questioned why he’d expressed the view it was what God wanted.
The governor’s response was fiery. “I don’t know about you, lady,” he said as he pointed at Kendrick, his voice rising. “But when I get to the pearly gates, I’m going to have an answer for what I’ve done for the poor.”
The exchange left many stunned. About 20 audience members walked out of the room, and two governors also on the panel, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, told Kasich they disagreed with him. The Ohio governor has not been invited back to a Koch seminar — opportunities for presidential aspirants to mingle with the party’s rich and powerful — in the months since.
The Politico story is just the latest in a series of recent revelations by national media organizations about John Kasich’s bad temper and his tendency to act like a spoiled child and obnoxious jerk.
Followers of Plunderbund shouldn’t be surprised by the news that Kasich is a jerk. We’ve been writing about it for over 7 years while the rest of Ohio’s media outlets ignored the issue.
The only exception was the Other Paper. In 2010 they published a piece containing a long list of occasions on which John Kasich was a dick to other people. Among other things, Kasich threw a coffee cup at his campaign manager during his last run for president and he was thrown off stage for acting like a jerk as a Grateful Dead concert.
The paper was sold to the conservative owners of the Columbus Dispatch the following year and subsequently shut down.
Kasich has been an arrogant, temperamental jerk his entire life, but Ohio’s political reporters seem to have been hesitant to report on it recently for fear of risking access to the governor’s office and his campaign.
Thankfully, national reporters don’t seem to have the same fear.