Remember Dean Chambers, the notorious Unskewed Polls Guy of 2012?
Well Mr. Chambers must have a fan in Governor John Kasich. How else to explain Governor Kasich’s dismissive response to a question in an interview yesterday regarding a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows that Ohio created just 4,400 jobs in the last year, tied with Alaska for 47th place in the country:
Q: This morning we received a letter that the Democratic Party sent out questioning or challenging the statements you’ve made about job creation…. They’re claiming there are other surveys out, Pew Institute, for one, claiming that it’s 4,400.
A: Well, I don’t respond to that. That’s all just political gibberish
Good to know. In John Kasich’s mind, hard data from independent sources is ‘political gibberish,’ while partisan surveys of CEO’s should be accepted at face value (and featured in taxpayer-funded campaign-style advertisements).
C’mon, Governor. That’s not good enough.
[The interview can be seen in its entirety here.]
Please see the following back-up materials:
Pew Charitable Trust: From April 2012 Through April 2013 Ohio Created Only 4,400 Jobs, A 0.1% Increase. [Pew Charitable Trust, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 2012-2013]
April 2013: The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia Predicted That Ohio’s Growth Rate Would Be .73 Percent – The 43rd Lowest In The Nation. [The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia- State Leading Indexes, April 2013]
2012-2013: Ohio Was Tied With Alaska For 47th In Job Creation When Measured By Percentage Change. [Pew Charitable Trust, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 2012-2013]
Chief Executive Magazine Ranked Ohio 22nd Best In The Nation For Business Competitiveness. [Chief Executive Magazine, 5/6/13]
Chief Executive Magazine’s Best/Worst States For Business Article Was Based On An Unscientific Survey Of An Undisclosed Group Of 736 CEOs According to CEO Magazine “In its ninth annual survey of CEO opinion about the best and worst states in which to do business, 736 CEOs—the highest response on record—rendered their verdict. Business leaders were asked to grade states with which they are familiar on a variety of competitive metrics that CEOs themselves regard as critical. These include: 1) taxation and regulation; 2) quality of workforce; and 3) living environment. The tax and regulatory grade includes a measure of how CEOs grade a state’s attitude toward business, a key indicator.” [CEO Magazine, 5/6/13]
CEO Magazine CEO & Publisher Marshall Cooper Formerly Worked In President George H.W. Bush’s White House. According to his biography on Greenhaven Partners’ website, ” Prior to Greenhaven, Marshall did merger and acquisition and strategy work for K-III Communications (now Primedia) and The New York Times Company. He also served from 1989 to 1991 as editor of President Bush’s primary briefing, The Daily White House News Summary. He also worked for the Department of State at the American Embassy in Helsinki.” [Greenhaven Partners, accessed 6/15/13]
CEO Magazine CEO & Publisher Marshall Cooper Contributed $70,030 To Republican Candidates And Causes Between 2007 And 2013; Compared With $500 In Contributions To A Single Democrat. [Open Secrets, accessed 6/17/13]
CEO Magazine Cited Ohio’s Lack Of So Called Right To Work Legislation As A Black Mark Against The State. According to CEO Magazine, “‘Ohio’s lack of ‘right to work’ regulations and high utility costs make it increasingly more unattractive for capital investment.’” [CEO Magazine, 5/6/13]