Since the beginning of his term as Governor, Kasich has shown a complete lack of respect for women:
- Kasich pays his male staffers 56% more than his female staffers.
- Kasich defended his very low number of female cabinet appointments by saying his “wife makes all the minor decisions”.
- The few women Kasich did appoint to Cabinet positions ended up at agencies with much smaller budgets and smaller staff sizes.
- Kasich appointed attorney Mike Gonidakis, the unqualified president of Ohio Right to Life, to the Ohio Medical Board
- And let’s not forget that rally for Mitt Romney where Kasich thanked the wives of the candidates because they were “at home doing the laundry” and “at home taking care of the kids.”
But if there were still any questions about where Governor Kasich stands on issues important to women, yesterday’s signing of a budget bill containing some of the most extreme anti-abortion provisions in the country – all while surrounded by a bunch of old white guys – made it all-too clear.
Compare this with Democratic Governor Ted Strickland, who strived to make diversity an important part of his administration while supporting programs and legislation that aimed to improve the lives of Ohio’s women. Here’s a picture from his second budget signing:
Democratic candidate for Governor Ed FitzGerald summed up Kasich’s recent failures on women’s health issues in his statement on the budget signing:
“This governor has refused over and over again to stand up for Ohio women against the escalating radical attacks on women’s health care, like the defunding of Planned Parenthood, which provides crucial and often life-saving health care like breast exams, cervical cancer screenings, and access to birth control. On top of that, Governor Kasich just enacted measures that force doctors to perform medically unnecessary procedures that interfere with the privacy between a woman and her doctor and that jeopardize women’s health. “
President Obama beat Mitt Romney with an 18 point gender gap in the 2012 presidential race, and women could very well decide Kasich’s fate in 2014.