Well, Kasich has his first “-gate”….and it’s stupid.
Several days ago, John Kasich went on Alan Colmes radio show and said the following:
“I’m not singing in any chorus for LeBron James,” Kasich said. Colmes: “You’re not?”
Kasich: “No, I’m not. Look, he’s a great basketball player, he’s a great guy. There’s a lot of great people in Ohio.”
Kasich said it would be great if LeBron stayed, but he won’t do anything extra to convince him.
“We’ve lost 400,000 jobs out here and the last guy I worry about is LeBron James. You know I mean, we all hope he’ll stay in Cleveland. We think we’ve got a great guy there that can turn everything around, but we got some serious problems,” Kasich said.
As you’ll recall, Ted Strickland felt LeBron’s return to the Cavs was so important that he traveled up to Cleveland to film a video in which several Cleveland pseudo-celebrities begged Bron Bron to stay.
Now, this all seems pretty trivial. And yet, Strickland’s communications director felt it was such a winner with Ohioans, that she tweeted about it:
Obviously, I didn’t get a response.
But it does beg the question – if Strickland’s primary message manager believes Kasich’s statement is a negative for his campaign, what is wrong about putting the jobs of 400k jobless Ohioans over that of one mega-rich superstar?
And it seems the entirely non-scientific poll in Plain Dealer about the issue overwhelmingly aligns with what Kasich said: