Well, that’ll teach me to do field work. Obviously, I should have stayed hunkered down in the bunker instead of going to the Kasich-Jeb Bush event yesterday and, among other things, signing petitions for Josh Mandel’s and Dave Yost’s respective Treasurer and AG runs.
Kidding aside, before I comment on the Taylor move, I’m going to give the link love to those who have been on the story (if I missed anyone outside the far-left fever swamp, let me know):
- Matt/Mark at Weapons of Mass Discussion (here, here, here, here, here).
- Third Base Politics (here, here).
- (added 12:45 p.m.) Jesse at Athens Runaway
- King’s Right Site
- (added 12:45 p.m.) Ben Keeler
Okay, here are a few paragraphs from Plain Dealer:
Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor won’t seek re-election, instead will run for lieutenant governor
COLUMBUS, Ohio – State Auditor Mary Taylor will not seek re-election and instead will be introduced Thursday as the running mate for Republican gubernatorial hopeful John Kasich, a GOP source told The Plain Dealer.
I can tell you that Mary is flattered to be considered,” said Chris Abbruzzese, a spokesman for the state auditor. He would not confirm that Taylor has been selected.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols would not confirm or deny that Taylor would be introduced this week as Kasich’s lieutenant governor candidate.
“All I can tell you is what I said before,” Nichols said. “She is certainly immensely qualified.”
But a Republican source said Kasich made the offer, Taylor accepted and a formal announcement will come on Thursday afternoon.
Now that we’re caught up, my thoughts.
First, while I understand at some level the disappointment over Mary Taylor’s auditor re-election announcement, the fact is that she wasn’t asked if she wanted a promotion when she announced. And yes, being John Kasich’s Lt. Guv is a promotion.
Second, you know whose long-term ambitions this hurts? John Husted, who according to many accounts fantasizes about being Buckeye State governor some day (over a lot of our dead typing hands, pal). This is the guy who says that his campaign headquarters is at the house where he doesn’t live, in the Ohio Senate District he supposedly represents but where he doesn’t live, where he says he someday is going to live, even though he, his real estate broker wife, and their kids live in much more comfortable digs in the Cbus suburbs.
If marginalizing Husted and putting a finger in the eye of ORPINO (Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) was an element of Kasich’s decision process, good for him. Mr. Husted, it’s not too late for you to have a temper tantrum and throw in the towel …. pretty pleeeeeze?
Moving to Taylor, there really is something about Mary. If you were to name the two people in this state most likely to really turn around Ohio, John Kasich’s name would of course come up first, but Taylor’s would be second. That is, assuming no last-second glitch, they’re now right where they should be, especially if Taylor’s duties include day-to-day involvement with economic development. I could give a rip about the diversity argument; I want the two best people in those slots, and that’s what we’ll fiiiiiiinally have if they win in November.
Otherwise down the ticket, Dave Yost is the right guy in the right place as AG candidate, and he deserves to wipe the floor with Mike DeWine (another guy who should just, drop, out). Josh Mandel is right where he should be. I’d like to see an auditor who has actual experience as a CPA and/or auditor run to take Taylor’s place; Matt at WoMD indicates that Seth Morgan might be that guy.
Thinking long-term, a Kasich-Taylor ticket sets up Ohio up for a possible 16-year return to statewide economic glory under people who “get it,” after at least two decades of rarely interrupted malaise and stagnation. No wonder Ohio Dem Chairman Chris Redfern is whining about how Taylor is like Sarah Palin. Hey Chris, you’re acting as if that’s a bad thing. Ha.
UPDATE: There is one big thing in Ohio’s way, and I’ll get to that in my PJM column later this week.
UPDATE: Rose’s comment point below is dead-on — Kasich and Taylor are both authentic outsiders who are deeply dissatisfied with how political business is done inside I-270, as is the vast majority of the rest of the state.