According the Keene Sentinel, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was scheduled to attend four events in New Hampshire on Saturday, including the College Republicans summit in Manchester, an afternoon town hall at the Iber Holmes Gove Middle School in Raymond followed by the chili fest in Stratham and the beer and barbecue bash in Dover.
While Gov. Kasich was retail campaigning in a small state where he’s spent millions to promote himself to people who don’t know him, back home in Columbus, where he and his record are well known, the Ohio Democratic Party’s executive committee met and adopted a resolution calling for an independent investigation into the growing charter school data scrubbing scandal.
Dubbed Chartergate, it’s the scandal waiting to crack open and spill all over the governor’s just pressed, positive-vision campaign for president. It’s the scandal Mr. Kasich has so far avoided answering questions about. It’s the scandal that involves actions taken by David Hansen, the governor’s school choice chief at the Ohio Department of Education, who illegally altered data on an official state report in order to improve the rankings of some large charter school sponsors and operators.
Red flags are flying high since David Hansen’s wife just happens to be Beth Hansen, Gov. Kasich’s current presidential campaign manager and former chief of staff.
Mr. Hansen. who had a history of similar activities before Gov. Kasich hired him, resigned in mid-July after his illegal activity was forced into the light by some members of the state school board who called on him to respond to questions.
Beth Hansen has so far refused to comment on whether she or Governor Kasich were aware of her husband’s illegal activities.
“Ohioans remember Coingate — Chartergate is worse than Coingate,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper in prepared remarks following the meeting. Pepper said Ohio’s for-profit charter school system, which costs taxpayers $1 billion this budget cycle, is full of waste, fraud and abuse. “Worst of all, it has been failing our kids and leaving many of them in educational limbo,” he added. ODP also gave its support to the “vigilant efforts of Democratic legislators and state school board members to take the necessary steps to fix this long-broken system.”
Every major editorial board in Ohio has also condemned the scandal and called for an independent investigation.