As reported by the Columbus Dispatch at the time,, Kasich asserted in blunt terms that amounted to an ultimatum:
"Please leave the cynicism and the political maneuvering at the door. Because we need you on the bus, and if you're not on the bus, we will run you over with the bus. And I'm not kidding. " He then declared: "And if you think you're going to stop us, you're crazy. You will not stop us. We will beat you. And that's not arrogance."
That was a lot of Kasich's patented hubris to be passing around only hours after he had been declared the winner by a thin plurality. That alone offered a strong clue to what we could all expect from him in the months that followed. Humility and grace are not among his strong points. Maybe I should add intellectual honesty.
If you've read this far , I think you probably know where this is going:
Today, the Dispatch's Joe Hallett reported that three of Kasich's inner-circle advisers are now quite active as lobbyists and enjoying more than average success in their line of work. Wrote Hallett:
Gov. John Kasich's best friend [Donald G. Thibaut] has set up a lobbying shop, signing up a dozen blue-chip companies. His overnight success as a first-time lobbyist is turning heads on Capitol Square - and testing the credibility of Kasich's oft-made promise that friends will get no special treatment. Neither Kasich nor Thibaut see any problem but others wonder whether the governor's close ties to Thibaut and two other lobbyists who are members of Kasich's inner circle of advisers might open the governor to charges of hypocrisy."
But wait. Kasich said he and Thibaut never talk about his good friend's clients when they are together.
So much for that hypocrisy.