January 13, 2010

Kasich’s Taylor-Made Move

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:27 am

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):

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.

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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.

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9 Comments

  1. While one might have inferred favorites, I don’t think Taylor blatantly lied as WMD pre-supposes. As recently as last week, we were all signing her filing petitions.

    The Palin comparisons by Redfern are as equally predictable as they are ridiculous (although I generally like Palin). Mary rocks and is infinitely qualified for either spot.

    We’re not going to lose that seat if Seth runs…and by the way, I do blame the ORP. The fact that they have bullied Taylor since she got there (not only b/c she is a solid conservative but b/c she was the only candidate to win in a landslide in 2006).

    Given that the ORP doesn’t like Kasich anymore than Taylor (behind closed doors of course), we can call it the “rebel ticket” as far as I’m concerned, lol.

    So to use Tom’s phrase: “Bleep them.” Ha.

    And Go Mary!

    Comment by Rose — January 13, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Logic by Chris Redfern and his fellow Democrats:

    Sarah Palin has female genitalia,
    Mary Taylor has female genitalia,
    Therefor Taylor is just like Palin.

    Maybe THEY are the stupid party

    Comment by Brian — January 13, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  3. Brian, lol. The blind, Husted/[Mike] Dewine support suggests there’s still some dummies on our side, lol.

    Comment by Rose — January 13, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

  4. Tom, you wrote -

    “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”

    That is not really any of his thought process I dont think. he sees Taylor as a piece to help him in reelection, all else be damned. I dont think there is anything else to it really.

    Comment by Ben K — January 13, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

  5. #4, if not, I’ll take it as a desirable side effect that I believe made Husted and at least a few at ORPINO very unhappy.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 13, 2010 @ 6:41 pm

  6. I’ve got auditor experience. Anyone want to sign my petition?

    Comment by Gary Lewis — January 13, 2010 @ 10:04 pm

  7. Go for it Gary. I think contested primary races are good things, even if Matt at WoMD doesn’t. :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — January 14, 2010 @ 8:42 am

  8. I don’t know why a fiscal conservative WOULDN’T vote for Strickland. He’s cut government spending and income taxes in Ohio are substantively lower than when he took office.

    Comment by Best — January 16, 2010 @ 1:24 am

  9. #8, sorry, Strickland and the GA increased taxes, retroactive to 1/1/09, in December:

    here

    PLEASE inform yourself better.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 16, 2010 @ 10:44 am

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