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Strickland sums up Kasich as ‘reckless’

Published: Tue, September 28, 2010 @ 12:06 a.m.


Governor John Kasich


Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland

By David Skolnick




Gov. Ted Strickland describes John Kasich, his Republican challenger, as “reckless,” “unfocused” and “undis-ciplined.”

“John talks about things he knows nothing about,” Strickland, a Democrat, told The Vindicator editorial board Monday.

The governor added that Kasich “says a lot of things he has difficulty substantiating.”

During the one-hour discussion, Strickland repeatedly called Kasich “reckless” about a variety of issues, including the Republican’s contention that he eventually would eliminate the state’s income tax. The tax makes up 46 percent of the state’s general-fund revenue, Strickland said.

“Wouldn’t you think someone who wants to be governor would think this through?” Strickland said.

The governor added that Kasich “has no major ideas that I’m aware of that will move Ohio forward.”

In response, Rob Nichols, a Kasich campaign spokesman, said: “These are the kinds of things you talk about when you can’t talk about your own failed record. Ted Strickland has no plan and no idea for how to create jobs in this state — if he did, Ohio wouldn’t have lost 400,000 jobs under his watch.”

Without his “steady leadership,” Strickland said the job loss could have been a lot worse. If Kasich were governor the past four years, the job-loss number would be higher, Strickland said.

“Wall Street, particularly Lehman Brothers, had more to do with the job loss in Ohio than I did,” Strickland added.

Kasich was one of about 700 managing directors for Lehman, a major financial-services company, when it went bankrupt two years ago.

Strickland said he wasn’t surprised that a Sunday poll by the Ohio News Organization, a consortium of the state’s eight largest daily newspapers, including The Vindicator, shows Kasich ahead of Strickland 49 percent to 45 percent with a 3.4 percent margin of error.

Previous polls had Kasich ahead by much more.

Strickland said Monday that his campaign’s internal polling, which is done weekly, currently has him trailing Kasich by 2 percentage points. That’s 1 percentage point better than last week’s internal poll, Strickland said.

Strickland said one reason he was trailing by more in August was because Kasich began airing television commercials early that month and hasn’t stopped.

Strickland began his television-ad campaign last week.

“TV is pretty powerful; we expected to take the hit,” the governor said. “We had resources we could have used.”

But Strickland said his campaign decided it would be wiser to use the money for commercials closer to the election.

Also Monday, about 200 people, including two dozen Democratic officeholders in the Mahoning Valley, attended a rally featuring Strickland, his running mate Yvette Brown and Ohio Supreme Court Justice candidate Mary Jane Trapp at Youngstown State University’s Kilcawley Center.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras, who emceed the rally, said the Strickland campaign may be down in the polls, “but we’re not out.”

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, a Democrat, emphasized that “complacency is the enemy.”


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Governor Strickland and Mayor Williams are tested and proven . Proven to watch us sink into the abyss . Change is needed and change is good . Youngstown needs new growth and not more decay !

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

That Betras sure knows how to put on a campaign show.

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3Champsummers(4 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Uncle Ted hasn't addressed the $8 billion dollar hole in the budget and then he supported ObamaCare that added another $300 million to the hole for Medicaid. We have lost 400,000 jobs and a lot of them to other States. He was late to the NCR debacle and those jobs left. He has No idea how to create a a job friendly environment. What can he point to as a success? We can do much better. Uncle Ted needs to be tossed.

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4SkyKing310B(315 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

@sotired- We're tired of people like you spouting the same nonsense constantly. Always trying to blame someone else- Just like Strychnine & Nobama- Nothing is their fault. Other states do fine with no state income tax and guess what?- there are jobs being created there. Many of them are also Right to Work states - meaning they aren't hemmoraging from under funded pension plans, etc.

I'm willing to give John a try. He can't do any worse than what we are currently facing.

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5goman71(104 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

im a dem and strickland has disappointed me but you guys should really get the facts on kasich and see what your in for if he wins .sometimes when you have a choice between two turds you have to pick the one that stinks less than the other

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6walter_sobchak(2587 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

The professional pollsters that know what they are doing have polled the "likely voters" and the race is over. Strickland is a good man who got elected in a sweeping-out election in 2006. Unfortunately, he doesn't have what it takes to be a governor and has no new ideas. I agree with Kasich in his long term view of eliminating the income tax. Ohio is at a distinct disadvantage to other states in this area.

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7walter_sobchak(2587 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Social security recipients hardly get a free ride. Many $$$ have been paid in to the fund and it is an entitlement! It may be a Ponzi scheme, but it is the law of the land.

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8Heartland(38 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Kasich is Wall Street scum. He failed at Lehman Brothers and we had to bail his can out. What a loser.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Strickland is old news . We need new life in the Governors Office . Strickland has proven himself to do nothing for Youngstown . Kasich is eager to serve .

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10DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Will Hillary swing thru ? She owes him from 2 years ago......

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11UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

400,000 jobs lost and a projected $8B deficit for the next two year state budget - I'd call that reckless and it was on your watch Governor Strickland. John Kasich desrves a chance to turn things around after you didn't in 4 years. Why should we the voters who pay taxes give you another 4 years?

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12ts1227(137 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Sotired, Florida can get away with no income tax because they have a huge tourism industry that they tax heavily instead (bed taxes, etc.). Needless to say, Ohio doesn't have that luxury.

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13jojuggie(1646 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Cleveland, Detroit, and Youngstown - all three cities in distress.
Can anyone tell when the last time any of these cities had a Republican mayor?

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14walter_sobchak(2587 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Cleveland- George Voinovich, 1989
Detroit- Louis Miriani, 1962
Youngstown- Jack Hunter, 1978

Some would argue that George McKelvey was a Republican since he campaigned for "W" so ahrd in 2004.

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