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The Tipoff: John Kasich vs. LeBron James

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published June 27, 2010

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Ohio Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich’s refusal to jump on the LeBron James Bandwagon became even more of an issue Friday when David Letterman gave his unequivocal support to James’ staying on as a Cleveland Cavalier. The NBA superstar becomes a free agent on July 1 and rumors are swirling about his future.
Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and many Cleveland celebrities have appeared in a music video urging James to stay.
But Kasich, a conservative, whose political base certainly isn’t in Northeast Ohio, refused to fully embrace one of the famous residents of the state.
“I’m not singing any chorus for LeBron James,” Kasich told FOX News radio host Alan Colmes. He did say that he hopes the superstar stays with the Cavaliers.
But late night talk show host Letterman had no qualms about embracing the James-Cleveland connection. He told Rapper Jay-Z, a friend of the basketball great:
“You're a guy. I’m a guy. Now, if LeBron James wants to be a guy, he will stay where he is and not cut the heart out of that city by leaving Cleveland.”
Letterman noted that Cleveland is in desperate decline and James is “one of the glimmering hopes.”
So, why would Kasich risk alienating such a huge voting block by appearing to snub the city of Cleveland?
It may well be that the Republican nominee for governor, aware of recent polling that shows a GOP sweep nationally in the November general election, has decided to write off this part of the state. He could be thinking that the old formula for statewide victory in Ohio — keep the vote in Cuyahoga County for the Democratic candidate in the low 60s — does not apply this year.
Indeed, the polls do show that Republicans in Ohio are more energized than Democrats, and so Kasich may have decided that embracing someone like LeBron James does not help him politically.
He may be right — considering the growing unpopularity of President Barack Obama and the Democratic controlled Congress.
On the other hand, his apparent snub of Cleveland — and by extension Northeast Ohio — may well be the spark the fires up Democrats in the upcoming election.


1author50(1121 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

I hope that this isn't the issue that will decide who is the next Governor!

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2walter_sobchak(2246 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

This is absurd! This is an issue of very little importance to the State of Ohio and its future. We need positive change on the business climate, jobs, a new school funding system, public pension reform and some people want to make LeBoob the issue? The kid is a spoiled rotten brat who has never been told "NO". So, now he wants to hold the city of Cleveland and NE Ohio hostage and feels he needs to be recruited like some high school senior. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Kasich is correct in ignoring this "issue".

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31970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

It was stupid for Kasich to say that, certainly won't help him any. But, it is good that he speaks truthfully about his opinion.

Keeping LeBron in Cleveland is good for Ohio b/c of the millions that he pumps into the economy, but pretty pathetic that Strickland is so weak that he felt the need to get involved in this.

Does anyone really think that LeBron gives a crap what Strickland or Kasich thinks about his status? Neither has any control over it, so it is just feel good nothingness for either to get involved. Just worthless political posturing.

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4mrblue(1136 comments)posted 5 years, 2 months ago

James, Bosch, and Wade in Miami. Think about it. It could happen. Just an opinion.

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5dright1(9 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

LeBron James is a sports entertainer. David Letterman is a TV entertainer. Our Democratic Governor apparently considers himself a political entertainer. But we don't need political entertainers. We need intelligent, capable people to represent us and protect our lives and liberties under the Constitution. If James leaves someone else will replact him. We need to replace our entertaining politicians.

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61970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Well, LeJerk has abandoned us. Ironic that one of reasons reported why LeJerk left was no state income tax in Fla.

Ironic because Kasich proposed abolishing the Ohio state income tax and was attacked for it. Then when Kasich refused to kiss LeJerk's rear end and beg him to stay, he was attacked for that.

Strickland was licking James' shoes and LeJerk spit on him and the rest of us and left anyway.

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