Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder of Perry County was Jim Tressel’s personal escort this past Friday morning, when the former Ohio State University football coach spoke before 400 or more residents and students at Sheridan High School.Before Tressel gave his talk on lessons he’s learned in life so far, Mr. Householder, who some Capital Square watchers predict may once again wield the speakers gavel, offered comments on Gov. Kasich’s recent budget and on whether the Trump revolution will fade away or continue as attention shifts to the midterm elections just two short years away.
Bow Shot To Kasich On Gas Severance Tax
How will Kasich’s last bad budget fare with Ohio legislators? Householder tipped his hand, and likely revealed how the GOP-controlled General Assembly will deal with the $66.9 billion budget, the largest in Ohio history. “The governor proposes, and the legislature disposes,” he said with a wry smile. The governor’s office should not read this old adage about the separation of powers when it comes to spending plans as good news.
After a dozen years away from the Statehouse in Columbus, Mr. Householder will again represent the 72nd House District again after first winning the Republican primary with 64 percent of the vote last year in the primary, then throttling his Democratic opponent in the fall 72-28 percent.
The former speaker [2001-2004] said he’ll “provide leadership and support” as best he can. Asked about his time as House speaker and speculation he could do it again, he said, “Being speaker of the HOuse is like any other job, but especially with term limits, your job is to get on the train and drive it to a certain mile marker, and then someone else engineers it the rest of the way.”
Statehouse watchers will recall that the former speaker from Perry County got into some hot water with investigations, one of which focused on money-laundering. But that is ancient history now, as Householder again works to make his name a household name.
He offered a shot over Kasich’s bow, though, saying, “One thing I will not support is a severance tax on our gas wells. These people haven’t even started to make money yet. That’s a bad statement [raising the extraction tax] for businesses who want to move into Ohio, that before you make your first nickel, we’re already have our hand out.”
Trumpism versus Sherrod Brown
Can Trumpism continue or will it fade? It all depends on what happens in the next two years, he said. “If Trump turns the country around like he intends to do, and we put people back to work, especially in our more difficult areas, we manufacture farm and big coal here, and the last 25 years haven’t been very friendly to those industries. That was the Trump phenomenon, they called it the ‘lost man,’ and I think we have many of them here this morning,” he said in a room jam packed to hear his friend and colleague Jim Tressel talk about football and life.
When Householder was asked about the race for U.S. Senator in 2018, where sitting Sen. Sherrod Brown goes up against a yet-to-be named party endorsed candidate, he said, “It will come down to how Donald Trump comes along.” If Donald Trump is successful, he said about the Trump movement keeping its legs and momentum, “it’s going to be an uphill battle for Sherrod Brown. He cautioned that midterms are generally tougher on the party in power. “If Trump isn’t successful, Sherrod may be a winner.”