Most people would agree that holding the State of the State address in different cities around Ohio is a decent idea. It gives people outside of Columbus who are interested in their state government a chance to hear the speech closer to their hometowns. You would also think that reserving a number of tickets to the event to everyday Ohioans who aren’t related to a legislator would also be a no-brainer and a pretty good idea.
Unless you’re Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern. Then, you think allowing the public to have a chance to attend the governor’s speech is just downright improper.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s Democratic chairman is questioning the propriety of a public online lottery for State of the State tickets organized by Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik).
Through the contest, the Republican governor offered a limited number of tickets to next Tuesday’s policy address in Lima (LY’-muh). Winners are to be notified Friday.
In a Wednesday letter to House Speaker William Batchelder, Democratic chairman and state Rep. Chris Redfern said the speech is a legislative event, not an administrative one.
Are you effing kidding me? The governor’s office offering tickets to the public is a bad thing? Look, I know he’s a Democrat and he’s going to oppose most of a Republican governor’s policies. But this isn’t even a policy. It’s giving a few regular citizens the chance to attend a state government event!
What we’re witnessing here is outright childishness.
Oh, but wait. There’s more…
He also complained Kasich is collecting information on lottery participants to be used for soliciting campaign donations.
Really?! First, he doesn’t offer any proof. But even if it was true, is the Ohio Democratic Party really in a position to be criticizing fundraising tactics after using this ridiculous fundraising tactic, and then getting caught lying about it red-handed?
Shame, shame on the governor for offering tickets to the public! Keep lowering that bar, Ohio Dems.