What’s the poor governor of Ohio who hates competition but loves secrets to do when other GOP candidates eat his lunch on his best talking points?
Talking Tuesday from his high school in New Jersey, two-term Gov. Chris Christie, widely known for his girth and his bullying ways, said he’ll answer questions directly, not with talking points from his political handlers. Gov. John Kasich, also a two-term governor like Christie, dislikes media so much so that he banned one reporter who isn’t afraid to ask him tough questions from covering him. It’s fairly certain the cranky governor won’t answer questions directly, as Christie promised to do today, even if Ohio media musters the gumption to ask them.
Bad News For Kasich
There’s more bad news for Gov. Kasich, who so loves privacy that he’ll go to any length to keep his secrets from prying public eyes. Jeb! Bush said today he’ll release 33 years of tax returns on Jeb2016.com. “This is more than any presidential candidate in the history of the United States,” the former Florida governor and younger brother to President George W. Bush said via his campaign. “This display of transparency is consistent with the high level of disclosure he has practiced during his life in public office.”
The last thing Gov. Kasich wants to do is let the public know that he’s made lots of money over his long and lucrative time in public office, which he subsequently parlayed into very lucrative gigs with Fox News and at Lehman Brothers, where he worked as a managing director, shaking down potential Ohio clients like pension retirement systems to do deals with Lehman Brothers. Back when he first ran for congress, John Kasich used the release of his tax return against an incumbent who didn’t want to release his. When the former 18 year congressman ran for Ohio governor for the first time in 2010, he gave media a brief moment to see one tax return, which showed he made over $1 million that year. Known for his dismissive attitude, as many profilers have noted and written about, Mr. Kasich dismissed revealing his tax returns in last year’s reelection campaign.
Deciding to delay his announcement date no longer, Gov. Kasich set July 21 at The Ohio State University for his long awaited news that he’s in the race. By then, though, all his trump cards will have been played by others: Donald Trump and Chris Christie are blunt and candid like no others; Mike Huckabee is a real preacher unlike Kasich who pretends to be; Scott Walker appears to be the favorite of the Koch Brothers, who have yet to invite Mr. Kasich to a big conservative conference in his own backyard, Columbus, where Kasich lives and works when he’s not off branding himself as the nation’s Savior.
It seems like Mr. Kasich’s promise of a new day for American is already old news, given his largely false story of saving Ohio. He opposed President Obama’s bailout of the auto industry, which would have devastated Ohio had it been allowed to proceed as Mr. Kasich would have done. He opposed White House spending on infrastructure, but endorsed it when he did it at the state level.
Kasich’s latest budget, the biggest spending bill in state history at over $71 billion, is being roundly criticized by newspapers including the Toledo Blade, which editorialized against it today as a “Bad state budget.”
What’s Ohio’s poor governor to do when all his selling points are more than covered by other GOP candidates? Trumped by Trump and out bullied by Christie, Gov. Kasich may not find a seat on the rocket ship he says a candidate that does well in New Hampshire can hitch a ride on. And right now, at 15th place in New Hampshire polling, John Kasich may get the chance to spend more time on his back porch, as he said he’s totally comfortable with if his second try at the White House crashes on take off.