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John Kasich: “Medicaid Jesus” Hit With Pay-To-Play Allegations

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MORE CRONY CAPITALIST PROBLEMS FOR OHIO GOVERNOR

This website doesn’t like Ohio governor John Kasich very much.  It’s not just that he’s another status quo big government “Republican” (there’s obviously no shortage of those running for president this year), it’s that Kasich used to be one of the good guys.

In other words he should know better … in fact he did know better.

(Sort of like our homegrown sellout Mark Sanford).

“During the mid-to-late-1990s, Kasich and Sanford were the genuine articles – emerging as budget-hawking, liberty-loving lawmakers who lent ideological legitimacy to the 1994 ‘Republican Revolution,'” we wrote not long ago.  “In fact they both stood up to liberal U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich when he went native – aborting that revolution.”

Today Kasich is part of the problem, though, as evidenced by his Jesus-inspired Medicaid expansion in Ohio – which is going to cost billions more than he originally predicted.

Kasich also has a crony capitalist problem … one we explored in detail in this post about a company that shed South Carolina jobs (after receiving taxpayer-funded incentives).

Kasich’s connection to that company – and other companies he has supported in the past with Ohio tax dollars – is now coming under fire at the national level.

According to a report from Isaac Arnsdorf of Politico, “some of the biggest donors to the super PAC supporting long-shot Republican presidential candidate John Kasich have relationships with the Ohio governor that have generated ethics complaints during his time in office.”

Oh, and precisely none of those companies responded to Arnsdorf’s attempts to reach them for comment.

Smells like … somebody’s hiding something.

One of the companies included in Arnsdorf’s report – Worthington Industries – was also featured in our story on the loss of 300 jobs in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.  Kasich was tapped to the board of directors at Worthington shortly after he stepped down from the U.S. Congress in 2001 – and stay on its board until 2011.  From 2007 to 2011, he was paid $611,000 by the company.

Since becoming governor of Ohio, Kasich has rewarded his old firm with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of tax breaks.  In fact a “job creation” panel appointed by Kasich doled out $619,000 to subsidiaries of Worthington Industries – which in turn has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Ohio “Republican” party (in addition to lining Kasich’s pockets with “deferred compensation”).

And now Worthington is contribution to the political action committee backing Kasich’s presidential bid …

If that’s not “pay-to-play,” we don’t know what is …

Anyway, Arnsdorf notes in his report that Kasich’s crony capitalist problem “has yet to follow him to the national stage.”  Which is probably because Kasich hasn’t made it to center stage at any point during the 2016 race.

But he’s firmly ensconced as one of several second-tier GOP hopefuls – meaning he’s one liberal “MSM whim” away from being gifted with the sort of momentum that could propel him into the top tier.

Kasich is also pushing hard for top tier status, telling his supporters this week that “Americans deserve more than what they’re getting from the so-called ‘front-runners.'”

So count on us to keep our “First in the South” readers in the loop as to the sort of “Republican” he really is …

Kasich used to be one of the good guys.  Not anymore.

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