One of the memorable comments from the latest Republican debate - aka Grim Fairy Tales -- was uttered by Gov. Kasich when he was asked about the poisoned water calamity in Flint. A Houdini in slipping nooses, Kasich said he didn't know enough about the details to comment on what most school children probably know. But he did assure his audience as the absentee landlord of the Buckeye state, he was proud to hire good people who would be "on top of any problems that arose in Ohio." (Sebring is still a work in progress.)
Yep, the pick of the litter. A few examples will suffice:
Rick Hodges was plucked by Kasich from his job as director of the Ohio Turnpike Commission to become director of the Ohio Department of Health. The position had been filled by physicians, or as the state law required, "someone with significant experience in the public health field." Hodges wasn't qualified to give you an over-the-counter aspirin.
And how about Debe Terhar , the Tea Party activist who was appointed to the State Board of Education while adding a Hitler graphic to her page doubtless aimed at President Obama. ( She advanced to board president!) She worked with Kasich to drive out her predecessor, Deborah Delisle.
Then we come to Mike Gonidakis, executive director of Ohio Right to Life and registered pro-life lobbyist, who was appointed to the the State Medical Board, which is supposed to assess the qualifications of physicians, which he isn't.
As Plunderbund once pointed out, Kasich added a climate change denier to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Oh, and a former utilities lobbyist and VP for American Electric power to the Department of Natural Resources.
There's more, including the privatization of the now secretive JobsOhio. But don't get me started. Is this how he chooses foxes for his chicken coops?
When Kinky Friedman , the cowboy songwriter, humorist and radio guest of Don Imus ran against Rick Perry for governor (and lost) , he had some words of assurance to the voters:
"Trust me,'' he said, with mock sincerity. "I'm Jewish. l'll hire good people."
Kasich has yet to meet that goal for his honor roll .