COLUMBUS — Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper today applauded state Sen. Charleta Tavares’s proposed legislation to ensure Ohio taxpayers do not have to foot a secret bill for Gov. John Kasich when he is on the presidential campaign trail and requires a security detail.
“The fact that Kasich refuses to reveal if state taxpayers are footing a chunk of the bill for his out-of-state campaigning isn’t surprising, but no one in Ohio should stand for his stonewalling,” said Pepper. “Kasich’s attempts to stymie public requests for this information are ridiculous.
“And if it turns out Ohio taxpayers are paying for his out-of-state campaign security, the campaign should reimburse the state for every nickel.”
A Kasich spokesperson last week refused to answer questions about whether Ohio taxpayers were ponying up for Kasich’s security detail on the campaign trail, claiming it was “for the safety of the governor.”