YOUNGSTOWN — Gov. John Kasich’s statements that the state’s economy has improved during his administration shows “he’s not in touch with the average person in Ohio,” said Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat candidate challenging the Republican incumbent.
“He was elected originally on a platform of turning the state around and I don’t think the state has turned around and I don’t think most people think it has,” said FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County executive, during a 55-minute interview today with The Vindicator’s editorial board. “There’s been some very sweet deals for a very small group of people, but I don’t think that’s the way the state should be run.”
Kasich has declined several invitations to meet with the newspaper’s editorial board since his election in November 2010.
In the Mahoning Valley last week, Kasich touted job creation in the state under his leadership. He pointed to recent employment statistics that showed Ohio went from 48th nationally in job growth when he started as governor in January 2011 to No. 5 over the past three years.
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