You gotta read today’s story in the Dayton Daily News.  According to it’s review of the first 81 days in the Kasich Administration, the Governor has already flown in State planes as much as Ted Strickland did his entire first year.  And the Governor’s use of State planes are filled with excesses:

Gov. John Kasich’s entourage for a 144-mile trip from Columbus to Cleveland last month was so large his office used two state-owned planes to transport the group, costing taxpayers $2,199.50.

In his first 81 days in office, the Republican Kasich used the Hawker-Beechcraft King Air planes for 16 in-state trips and four out-of-state treks at a total cost of $31,400. By comparison, former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland spent $31,849 on plane travel during his first 13 months in office.

And lil’ Johnny doesn’t like getting wet, apparently:

After Kasich made an off-the-cuff remark to his personal aide about the lack of umbrellas in the pouring rain on the tarmac, Ohio Department of Transportation staff spent $424.80 at Dick’s Sporting Goods for 20 umbrellas to be stashed on the passenger planes — a purchase they are now reconsidering.

“I’ve told them to take all of them back,” Kasich said.

Here’s the Administration’s defense of Kasich’s heavy use of State planes:

“The lesson of the loss of NCR and its 1,600 jobs is that keeping — and growing — jobs and companies in Ohio requires a governor with the initiative to get out of the Statehouse, go meet face-to-face with leaders across the state to see what they need to be successful and then work to help them hire more Ohioans. If the trade-off for that degree of personal engagement and the jobs it seeks to create for our communities is some sniping that the governor gets around the state too much, we’re comfortable with it.”—Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols

Nichols is a complete hypocrite.  When he was the spokesman for the Kasich campaign he attacked Governor Strickland’s use of the State plane going so far as to suggest that the Governor had no use for one. 

Except, of course, none of the trips had anything to do with keeping businesses in Ohio or meeting with them to discuss one-on-one how to expand.  It all had to do with promoting John Kasich’s agenda:

A Dayton Daily News examination of the governor’s travel found he used the planes to fly to Portsmouth, where he comforted parents who lost their children to prescription drug overdoses; to Canton and Cincinnati, where he held press conferences to announce staff appointments; to Toledo, Youngstown and Akron, where he spoke to chambers of commerce or Rotary Clubs; and to Washington, D.C., where he dined at the White House with other governors.

You’ve read that right.  John Kasich would use the the State plane simple to make staff announcements.  Having attacked Strickland for using a state plane at all, now, he’s saying it’s vital to Ohio’s economy that the Governor have a plane at taxpayers expense so he can make  a staff announcement from Youngstown as opposed from Columbus.

What’s this costing taxpayers?

On a daily rate, Ohio is spending $387.65 for Kasich’s state-plane use compared with $201.75 for Taft and $77.58 for Strickland.

The reality is that Kasich has been using the State’s plane to barnstorm the State with the same intensity of a gubernatorial campaign to promote his agenda.  There is no reason to fly across Ohio to simply make a staff announcement except for politics: Kasich hopes to get more favorable local coverage by appearing in person there, thus boasting his profile and likeability, than if he did as his predecessors did and just issue a press release or do an over-the-phone interview or conference about it.

And the sad thing is, we’re spending nearly $400 a day for him to fly around the State selling an agenda we aren’t buying.  (And I’m pretty sure that flight to Cleveland after the budget was revealed was simply so Kasich could sit down with the Plain Dealer’s editorial board.)  $400 a day for a guy with his approval ratings in 30s.  I guess it leaves you to wonder what it would be if he didn’t do all this traveling.

Evangelize!
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  • Anon

    Over 31K more reasons to hate his evilness…Prince John Kochsick is travelling on our dime to promote his evilness.

    No, Rethugs only believe in fiscal responsibility when they aren’t running things and for non-rich people. Snort, snort…….needs to stick his snout in a trough like the other more equal pigs.

  • http://www.bluebexley.com bonobo

    In fact, Nichols hinted that a Kasich administration might not fly out of Don Scott or Port Columbus.
    “Frankly, there needs to be a closer review of whether the plane’s cost can even still be justified at all.”

    http://www.theotherpaper.com/news/article_1945abad-6aff-53cb-80f0-d987eb3e6e4a.html

  • Anonymous

    Hypocrites,hypocrites,hypocrites, this seems to be the theme of this administration.

  • http://www.plunderbund.com Eric

    They reviewed it. Everything’s cool now that Kasich is King.

  • http://www.plunderbund.com Eric

    They reviewed it. Everything’s cool now that Kasich is King.

  • http://twitter.com/dcviper985 David Corey

    God, everything that man does makes me want to punch babies. I don’t have a problem with the Governor using State aircraft to carry out his duties as Governor (although, some of his are rather suspect), but the hypocrisy, oh the hypocrisy.

  • Anonymous

    It’s 80 miles to Dayton. He couldn’t drive?

  • Anonymous

    This kind of thing is really maddening. Kasich is on track to be the worst Ohio governor in my lifetime (I’ve lived here since 1949!). I dislike and disagree with 100% of the things he says and does, which wasn’t even true for the somewhat sad Bob Taft, our last republican governor, who was convicted of a crime while in office and departed with an approval rating of 9%. Kasich will likely drop below that in his first year. He is truly, truly terrible. I can’t STAND him.

    Why, why 0h why do people who are not billionaires vote for republicans? Why, Lord? The result is so predictable.

  • Fotogirlcb2002

    Figures !! I took a cut in pay and ODOT bought umbrellas costing $425.00 ??
    This nneds checked out –I dont care if he is the governor –Is there a contract with Dicks Sporting Goods for such things– who ok’d this purchase? was a minority purchase considered? These are all questions anyone else has to answer before buying something.
    UH where is HIS budget ? well now we know where all the so called “savings” are going
    and he has the nerve to talk about state employees costing the state — what is he — a state employee !!!! there ought to be a mileage limit — if its over a certain amount of miles then fly other than that DRIVE just like the rest of us …..
    Has anyone checked to see if any of this money went for flying Kvamme home to Kalifornia ?
    I hope his backers are pleased …..

  • publichealthgirl

    Except that he hasn’t been a salesman for jobs. He’s been using the plane to try to make voters like him more (not working, btw).

    Also, the jobs lost under Strickland were due to this small thing you may have heard of… the national recession. A recession which began because republican policies; especially those of de-regulation. Jobs were lost across the country, in every state, no matter which party the Governor was. Ohio actually fared better than many other states in the face of this recession and is on pace to a recovery (which has everything to do with Strickland, and nothing to do with Kasich). And please, before you spew your rhetoric, please learn the difference between facts and opinions. I’ve seen your brand of “facts” before.

  • publichealthgirl

    Except that he hasn’t been a salesman for jobs. He’s been using the plane to try to make voters like him more (not working, btw).

    Also, the jobs lost under Strickland were due to this small thing you may have heard of… the national recession. A recession which began because republican policies; especially those of de-regulation. Jobs were lost across the country, in every state, no matter which party the Governor was. Ohio actually fared better than many other states in the face of this recession and is on pace to a recovery (which has everything to do with Strickland, and nothing to do with Kasich). And please, before you spew your rhetoric, please learn the difference between facts and opinions. I’ve seen your brand of “facts” before.

  • Anonymous

    Jobs? What jobs? All I see is union busting, draconian abortion laws, and a governor who is using our state plane to promote himself.

    Blaming Strickland for the republican-induced global recession is just dumb. My advice to you: Turn. Off. Fox. “News”.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Kasich could fire the pilot and just use the autopilot to fly him around; that would save some money. Better yet, maybe he could sell the plane and just use Delta, like the rest of us. No doubt HE would enjoy the pre flight screening.

  • leeseh

    Normally, I don’t respond to your remarks because they are so full of BS and it would only encourage you. But, one of Kasich’s things was that Strickland shouldn’t use it at all because it was such a waste of taxpayer money and the state should get rid of it. Now, here he is using it more than previous governors, mainly for his personal agenda. And yet that’s fine with you. The level of hypocrisy boggles the mind.

  • guest

    It is because the TGOP electeds do what is good for their constituents cause they say so. This is the rationale that Rgtmwlly and his friends use to justify the 100% of nothing and less that the R’s are going to deliver.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Runeric/1166299682 Donna Runeric

    I just watched my DVR of Cenk reporting this tidbit. Kasich is right there at the top of my list of lying, ecogtistical, hypocritical bastards. (attempting a quote from the old 9-5 movie.)

  • Anonymous

    Kasich doesn’t need umbrellas….HE IS IN THE BEGINNING ALL WET!!!!!!

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