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Kasich files to run for governor in 2010

Associated Press

COLUMBUS — Former Republican Congressman John Kasich has filed paperwork to begin fundraising to run for Ohio governor in 2010.

Kasich, who served in Congress for 18 years, named his campaign treasurer in paperwork filed Friday with Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. He says a formal campaign announcement is forthcoming.

Political observers have long expected Kasich to jump in the race against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland, who has not formally announced intentions to run for a second term.

Kasich has been an on-air personality for Fox News. He served six years as managing director of Lehman Brothers’ investment banking division until the bank declared bankruptcy last fall.

Republican state Sen. Kevin Couglin previously announced plans to run.

On Thursday, John Kasich rallied Columbiana County Republicans around his ideas for a “shiny, new day for Ohio” during their annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Salem Elks’ club.

In introducing Kasich, Ohio General Assembly Minority Leader William Batchelder referred to the former Congressman as “the Ronald Reagan of Ohio,” and said Kasich is the man Ohio needs to lead it into the future.

Kasich referred to his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pa., early in his speech and said the values of teamwork and personal responsibility that he grew up with must be brought back to Ohio’s government.

“We’ve been drifting and we’ve got to stop it,” he said. “(Governor) Ted Strickland is a nice man, but he’s a caretaker governor when we need a man of action.”

Kasich described the state of Ohio in the 1970s when he arrived and then talked about its current condition. He said Ohio has higher taxes and higher unemployment with more people dependent upon the government and fewer people supporting it.

“The most important thing is to point out we need a major change in Ohio’s economics,” he said. “We need to restructure Ohio’s government to help bring down the economic barriers so we can have good, high-paying jobs in Ohio.”

Some of Kasich’s ideas include eliminating the death tax so when a person dies he or she is able to pass on what took a lifetime to earn to his or her children and phasing out Ohio’s income tax. He also said there’s too many government regulators and bureaucrats who have run amok and shut down Ohio assembly lines and kicked people out of their jobs.

“We need to remember the regulators work for us, rather than us working for them,” he said.

Kasich also said Ohio’s government needs to be run like a business.

“When businesses don’t make it economically they cut costs. In government, we just kick the can down the road and let someone else take care of it. I believe you have to be there for something, you have to have values and stand up,” he said.

Kasich, a 9-term Congressman from Ohio, was the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Budget Committee in 1997 that balanced the nation’s budget for the first time in more than 30 years. He said that budget paid down the largest amount of debt in American history.

Ohio faces the same kind of situation I faced when I was in Washington,” Kasich said. “I was able to assemble a team that dealt with the situation. The late 1990s were a great time economically and the philosophy that led to the balanced budget gave us great success. We can do it again.”

Batchelder said Ohio has faced very serious problems under Strickland, including high levels of unemployment and government spending. He also said the state has done a bad job of attracting and keeping dynamic young people.

Dave Yost, a Delaware County prosecutor who is running for Ohio Attorney General, said he believed Kasich is the guy needed to run Ohio.

“Kasich won’t just think outside the box, he’ll get a whole new box,” Yost said.

David Johnson, chairman of the Columbiana County Republican Party, said Kasich is one of the most passionate and dynamic speakers in the nation. He said he expected Kasich to connect with and rally county Republicans.

“His father was a mail carrier and he was raised in a traditional family unit. He faced a lot of the same issues we face here,” Johnson said. “Grassroots Republicans are concerned about their work and their families in this terrible economic downturn.”

Kasich said he is finding big, sometimes record crowds, every where he speaks, but it isn’t because of him, but rather because the Republican Party wants change and for its leaders to stand up for the party’s values.

“They felt the party drifted but it is getting its footing again,” he said.

Kasich said he will make a decision very soon about whether to enter the race to be Ohio’s governor.

“The one goal in my mind is to bring jobs and prosperity back to Ohio’s families,” he said


Filed by Associated Press May 2nd, 2009 in Local and State.

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Comment from champeon
May 2, 2009, 6:19 am

Great choice….a very bright man.

Comment from RJR
May 2, 2009, 7:18 am

Wow, just what Ohio needs to lead it out of its depressed economic problems, the Head of a Bankrupted business???
What Ohio needs is a person who has had to work for a living, instead of a politician who has lived on other peoples work. Someone who won’t be bought off by those who have an agenda of their own, and not in the best interest of the public. Someone who puts their personal opinions to the side and acts on what the majority of his constituants tell him to do.
Can you find this person… he may need to walk on water and feed the masses on a single loaf of bread; but we must look hard and base a candidate on what he/she has done, not the promises of what he/she will do if elected.

Comment from mh1492
May 2, 2009, 6:35 pm

It’s refreshing to see that the Ohio Republican party is becoming excited over a candidate who is full of new, fresh ideas.

I think that if Mr. Kasich is elected he will continue the policies which have been advocated and practiced by the Republicans since the late 70’s. Those theories of governance that have done so much to turn Ohio into the garden spot it is today.

Comment from johnbear
May 2, 2009, 7:08 pm

This man should be our next President!

Comment from TappedOut
May 3, 2009, 7:07 am

I was at the lorain county lincoln day dinner where Mr Kasich spoke and was very impressed with some of his ideas for Ohio, I was really impressed with his idea of eliminating the income tax in ohio. I think this could spur new business growth in ohio, and truly think he has the right mind set to get Ohio growing again. He is not afraid to think outside the box and try new ideas along with those proven ideas from the Reagan era. I will suppport him.

Comment from mh1492
May 3, 2009, 10:39 am

If he gets rid of the income tax what is his idea to replace it?

The Republicans who have been in charge in Ohio since the 80’s have all practiced these ideas. Why isn’t Ohio a paradise today?

Comment from Chris H
May 3, 2009, 5:57 pm

They haven’t practiced these ideas. Ohio went from one of the lowest taxed states in the 80’s to one of the highest. Ohio doesn’t do anything to promote business growth. The only businesses that benefit are big businesses that receive tax abatements, but at the expense of the small businesses that employ around 80% of the people in the state. The auto plants in Toledo received millions of dollars and by all estimates at the time the state would never earn that money back, now it wont even earn a fraction of it back. Cut business taxes and welcome businesses to the state will create jobs, and raise tax revenue.

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