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Making His Kasich

Kasich gets the <i>WSJ</i> A1 treatment.

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Aug. 15, 2013, 7:28 a.m.

“More so than any oth­er lead­ing Re­pub­lic­an,” Gov. John Kasich (R) “is us­ing his perch to pro­mote a blend of con­ser­vat­ive or­tho­doxy leavened with lib­er­al policies meant to help the poor, the men­tally ill and the un­in­sured. To hear him tell it, the 61-year-old one­time Leh­man Broth­ers ex­ec­ut­ive wants to rebrand the Re­pub­lic­an Party by re­fash­ion­ing what it means to be a con­ser­vat­ive in the 21st cen­tury.” Kasich has seen vig­or­ous op­pos­i­tion from con­ser­vat­ives and praise from lib­er­als for his push on Medi­caid ex­pan­sion. He has also “steered mil­lions more dol­lars in­to loc­al food banks, forced in­sur­ance com­pan­ies to provide cov­er­age for chil­dren with aut­ism and signed le­gis­la­tion to make it easi­er for re­cently re­leased felons to clear their names and find jobs.” Kasich: “I have a chance to shape what it means to be a Re­pub­lic­an. … I have a chance to show what it means to be suc­cess­ful eco­nom­ic­ally but also to have a com­pas­sion­ate side, a caring side, to help lift people up.”

Former GOP chair Ed Gillespie: “John is show­ing, per­haps more vis­ibly than any­one, that con­ser­vat­ives can care deeply about those who are over­looked and are at risk of be­ing left be­hind. … This is a very im­port­ant thing for our party to demon­strate.”

Con­ser­vat­ive lead­er Tom Za­w­is­towski: “Kasich is so far off the re­ser­va­tion, it’s in­cred­ible.”

State Rep. Bill Pat­mon (D): “He is be­com­ing the people’s gov­ernor.”

A June Quin­nipi­ac poll showed his num­bers re­bound­ing greatly from their dis­mal lows in 2011. (Wall Street Journ­al)

BIG­GER COM­PLAINT. Cuyahoga County Ex­ec­ut­ive Ed FitzGer­ald (D) “has ex­pan­ded an eth­ics com­plaint in­volving prac­tices of the state’s new privat­ized job-cre­ation of­fice.” In a let­ter Thursday, FitzGer­ald cited an AP re­port “de­tail­ing Kasich’s fin­an­cial and polit­ic­al ties to a For­tune 500 steel pro­cessor whose sub­si­di­ar­ies are cleared” to get $619K in state tax in­cent­ives re­com­men­ded by Job­sOhio. “FitzGer­ald re­ques­ted the com­mis­sion add re­view of Kasich’s re­la­tion­ship to Wor­thing­ton In­dus­tries to a com­plaint he’d already filed seek­ing pan­el in­put on po­ten­tial con­flicts of in­terest on Job­sOhio’s board.” (AP)

LITTLE DEBBIE HELP. DNC chair Debbie Wasser­man Schultz will join FitzGer­ald and oth­ers for a $500-a-plate fun­draiser this month to be­ne­fit the Ohio Demo­crat­ic Party. (Clev­e­land Plain Deal­er)
— Ju­lie So­bel

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