Today, the Ohio Democratic Party put out a release highlighting several Ohio papers inquiries about John Kasich’s proposal to eventually phase out Ohio’s income tax.
They included quotes from the Plain Dealer, Akron-Beacon Journal, the Columbus Dispatch and Dayton Daily News. A sample:
“Kasich said he would, in time, phase out Ohio’s income tax, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the state’s general fund. He did not provide details.“ [Dayton Daily News, 6/2/09]
Now, I won’t go into the reasoning of how asinine it is to request details on a campaign proposal 17 months out from the election, but instead I’d like to not only thank the Ohio Democratic Party for highlighting John Kasich’s proposal to lower the taxes of every Ohioan, but also for their extra effort to assist John with his name ID problem.
The last public poll Ohioans have seen was back in March from Quinnipiac. In the poll, John Kasich held onto a 21% approval rating, 6% disapproval rating…..and 71% did not know enough about him.
Right now, 17 months out, John Kasich’s two biggest challenges are raising money and increasing name ID, not developing complex policy.
But now we have the Ohio Dems giving the Kasich campaign an in-kind contribution by introducing him to Ohioans as the tax-cutting gubernatorial candidate.
Hey Kasich team, make sure you put that on your finance forms.