It seems like every Sunday, on one national TV network or another, Ohio Gov. John Kasich makes a short cameo appearance to reveal his thoughts on foreign policy, politics in Washington, the latest tweet by President Donald Trump, and whether he’ll mount another campaign, the third of his career, for the White House in 2020.
Political talk shows hosts treat Kasich as if he’s is no longer governor, a fact many count down the days to, that won’t be factual until the next governor is sworn-in one the first day of 2019. Questions to Kasich never reflect his documented, terrible record in the state, which got just a little bit worse with the release of the latest report on the state of African-American children in Ohio and other states by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Following the report’s release, Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) said African-American children in Ohio are worse off and have less opportunity than children in most other states.
“Sadly, this report reflects what many of us already know: children of color, especially African-American children, have to face barriers that prevent them from opportunities that others are guaranteed,” Howse said. “It is both saddening and alarming to see that Ohio is especially horrific at providing conditions for black and brown people to live a decent life. I hope this new information inspires my colleagues on both sides to embrace policies that put family first like paid family leave, equal pay and pre-k for all.”
Of the 44 states that had enough data to analyze, AEC found that Ohio ranked 42nd in the nation for the well-being of African American children. The states scoring the lowest on the index for African Americans are southern states including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, with four states in the Midwest added, including Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Kasich is treated like someone who the nation wants to hear from, when reality last year showed that he could only claim one Electoral College Vote, just 269 shy of the 270 number needed to be elected president.
Shunning Ohio media now that he no longer needs them, he’s become a fixture on national shows that have no interest in, or knowledge of, his deplorable record of failing to lift everyone up, no matter their circumstances, as he pledge to do in commercials touting why voters should elect him in 2014 to a second term.
Wages and benefits for working Ohioans, who he can’t create good jobs, fast enough, to help shoulder the burden of leading a productive life on a livable wage, are nothing to crow about, which explains why the Pennsylvanian by birth wants to direct comments to matters outside his adopted state.