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Dem challenger FitzGerald: Kasich out of touch with average Ohioan

Published: Sat, March 29, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

Governor ‘not in touch,’ Democratic hopeful says

By David Skolnick



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 Friday 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.

The state is no longer in a recession, FitzGerald said, but Ohio has “had extremely tepid job growth.”

He added, “This state has not turned the corner economically” and is “underperforming.”

FitzGerald said Kasich’s nearly 50 percent cut in the Local Government Fund has caused major economic damage to cities, villages, townships and counties.

“It’s an issue where Gov. Kasich has a real disconnect,” and the governor’s downplaying the reduction “shows a complete lack of understanding what local communities have really faced,” FitzGerald said.

“The hypocrisy of the whole thing is it was a time for sacrifice, but then he’s saying on the other hand that he has a [state] surplus and giving people tax cuts while communities are making cuts,” FitzGerald said about Kasich. “The governor is just unwilling to concede that he balanced the state budget by unbalancing local budgets.”

FitzGerald will face Larry Ealy, who’s never had a political office, in the Democratic primary. It’s the only statewide race on the May 6 primary ballot.

FitzGerald dismisses Ealy, saying he will spend “gas money; very, very, very little” money on the primary.

FitzGerald acknowledged raising money for his campaign has been an issue and that he’ll be outspent by Kasich. He also said polls show about 30 percent of people recognize his name.

“Name recognition is the one political disease that has a 100 percent cure: you advertise so when we start to go up [on television] our numbers will go up,” he said.

Chris Schrimpf, an Ohio Republican Party spokesman, said, “Although there is still work to do, there’s no doubt that Ohio’s economy is recovering under Gov. Kasich’s administration.

“The governor has also made fiscal responsibility a top priority. He inherited a nearly $8 billion budget shortfall and balanced it without raising taxes. Not only that but he refilled the state’s rainy-day fund from less than a dollar to nearly $1.5 billion. He got the state’s finances back on track.”


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I think SB5 is a dead issue with Kasich. His goal originally was to get Ohio out of its debt, and public union reform was just one tool in the toolbox to accomplish that. But he found other ways to accomplish the goal, so the need to reform the public unions is now gone. And he also responded to the will the people by not continuing to push the issue.

The income tax cuts will return money back to its proper owners. If the average person is only getting a $50 cut that is because that average person isn't paying much in income tax to begin with. That average person is already getting a good deal by getting all of the state's govt. services for a low cost.

I like to see the local govt. fund cut and income tax cuts enacted. This brings money back to the people in the local area so they can support local levies directly. If the schools in your community are important to you, then pay for them yourself. Don't demand that Ohioans somewhere else chip in to pay for your school. And that is all that the local govt. fund is. Its taking tax money from people elsewhere in the state and bringing it here. Their tax money should pay for their govt. services, not ours.

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2redeye1(5662 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

YSUforever You should look around here. The people of this valley only vote for people with a D behind their name. So why would you try to help this valley. That is like our national policy, where we send guns and weapons to our enemies. Secondly how many DEMONCRATIC presidents made promises to this valley while running for that office. And they never delivered. A lot of them Clinton, Carter, etc.
So yes, I will being vote for Kasich again
As far the unions ,they are nothing but vultures who steal from their members. They are in bed with the companies and they both screw the workers.
I do agree that something should be done about our property taxes. But once again the people we elect in this state are plain lazy.
We should be the first to set term limits, but unlike the ones we have now. We should set Gov't employment limits, That is where you can get elected to only work in GOV"T for a set amount of total time ( say 6yrs) and no more.

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3jojuggie(1723 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Seventy yrs ago, when my father worked in a steel mill, unions were necessary to help the workingman, & they did a very good job. Today, the unions are monsters. They walk with Communists & they think like Socialists.
Unions are very strong in the states of Illinois & California. In these two states, virtually every state office is held by the Dems, & consequently these two states in financial trouble up to their eyeballs.
Another example is the city of Detroit. You know what the UAW has done there - BANKRUPTCY.
I look forward to the day that Ohio becomes a RIGHT TO WORK STATE.

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4DSquared(1788 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Well said Steelman. If you want a Taj Mahal high school in your city, YOU build it with YOUR money, not mine! I love how some above posters blame Ronald Reagan for this Valley looking like it does. This Valley has been ruled by democrats since dinosaurs roamed the earth. The dems OWN it!

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5dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Eivo, do you have all of your comments saved so you can copy and paste the same thing according to the topic? Anytime you see Kasich's name, you say the same statement. This has to have been the 20th time you said the same thing! We get it, you like Kasich, and if he didn't expand Medicare, you would consider him a candidate for POTUS. I knew what your comment was going to be as soon as I seen the article. Now I have a headache.

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6thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Just like we're sick of repeal obamacare, repeal obamacare, repeal, obamacare, bengazi bengazi bengazi fast furious fast furious fast furious.....
sheesh, get a life already.

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7thinkthentalk(310 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

and the fall back on slow news days, "theres 3 pages of jobs in the want ads..."
Did ya count how many jobs there are today?

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8dontbeafool(2092 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Not from me eivo!

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9iBuck(231 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

That looks like a typographical error. That should have been an ampersand between Fitzgerald and Kasich.

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