“Kasich, running for president, professes ignorance of Oregon standoff,” was a headline in The Des Moines Register Tuesday.
The paper’s reporter, William Petroski, wrote, “Kasich’s profession of no knowledge about the situation was unexpected because presidential candidates who visit Iowa are routinely quizzed at length about current events and policy issues while on the campaign trail.”
When In Doubt, Bolt The Scene
At issue was the standoff in Oregon, where self-described “patriots” took over a small federal building, vowing to stay there indefinitely. The FBI has since determined the group headed up by a member of the Bundy family, who made news when they confronted federal law enforcement in a case about illegally grazing on federal land without paying normal and customary fees for doing so, are “domestic terrorists.”
As Petroski noted, “Kasich … repeatedly told a reporter from The Des Moines Register on Monday that he didn’t know anything about it. Then Kasich excused himself and headed outside to his vehicle.”
Such was the case when long-time Kasich press secretary, Rob Nichols, expert at covering up for his boss, said there was a mix up in staff reports to him, hinting that Mr. Kasich, who is polling close to zero in the Hawkeye State, wasn’t briefed on the illegal occupation of a federal building by a group of domestic white terrorists.
“Kasich campaign spokesman Rob Nichols emailed The Des Moines Register about four hours after the event in West Des Moines with an update: ‘He’s aware of the issue. This was an error in staff briefing,’ Nichols said,” the Iowa newspaper report said.
The paper provided a transcript of Gov. Kasich sensing danger, then bolting for the door to avoid answering the question.
“Reporter: ‘What do you think about the situation in Oregon, that standoff there?’
“Kasich: ‘What? I haven’t heard about it.’
“Reporter: ‘Where people took over federal land?’
“Kasich: ‘No, I haven’t heard about this. When did this come out?’
“Kasich: “Yeah, I am not familiar with it. OK. I’ve got to get out of here.’
Too bad reporters in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, the first four states to hold either a caucus or primary voting for president, are none the wiser to the tried and true tactics Camp Kasich routinely employs when their leader doesn’t want to answer thorny questions he has bad answers to. Gov. Kasich routinely claims he’s above politics and doesn’t read newspapers, but the platoon of high-paid staffers he does employ do read newspaper, blogs and any other news source that mentions their beloved, gimmicky governor.
NYT Takes Questions for Kasich
Also happening today, The New York Times solicited its subscribers Tuesday to offer questions it’s editorial might submit to the Ohio governor when he appears before it sometime this week. For Ohio reporters who are too intimidated to pushback on the state leader, and for reporters in other states covering a replay of his two campaigns for governor in Ohio, reviewing the questions submitted would be time well spent if they want to be anything more than gullible stenographers repeating the laughably false and sometimes outright lies Camp Kasich knows to tell without fear anyone will mind the gap between his record and his rhetoric.
Included in the 170 comments submitted by mid-afternoon, this long but penetrating one from a very observant Ohioan summed up a lot about Gov. Kasich’s teflon tenure so far:
“Gov. Kasich claims he’s a budget hawk, but each of his state budgets have been the biggest in state history, each bigger than the last one by significant amounts. He withheld billions from local governments and schools, which he then gave away in income tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthiest, forcing locals to raise taxes to cover the funding gap. The husband of his chief of staff and now presidential campaign manager, David Hansen, falsified charter school data, and now the Franklin County Prosecutor has been asked to investigate. He derailed his Tea Party opponent in 2014 with clandestine operatives, his campaign staffers and the Ohio Republican Party all participating in a dirty-tricks scheme that used $600,000 or more to clear his path to victory. But even so, he got fewer than one in four registered voters to vote for him in the lowest voter turnout since World War II. He’s not popular and his scandals, unlike those of Chris Christie, have yet to materialize, in part due to poor coverage by Ohio’s mainstream media. Ask him how much Ohio taxpayers are spending on his so far lackluster run for president, because he refuses to tell media that cost. His story of uniting people is false, since his big gift was a compliant Republican-dominated legislature that helped him create JobsOhio, an unconstitutional group that lives and breathes and has billions to dole out to state contract seekers. Ask him about why he signed bad anti-women abortion bills into law?”