UPDATED: Will Gov. Kasich Call for Resignation of Indicted Republican State Rep. Beck?

Rep. Pete Beck (R-Mason) Indicted on 16 Counts Including Fraud, Theft

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, State Representative Pete Beck, a Republican from Mason, was indicted on 16 counts of felonious criminal charges, including crimes of fraud and theft. These charges follow a civil lawsuit, and allegations that Beck may have illegally misappropriated tens of thousands of dollars for his campaign accounts.

“These charges against Rep. Beck do more than taint just him, they harm the public’s trust in all of state government,” said Ohio Democratic Chairman and State Representative Chris Redfern.

Recently, legislators of both parties have faced criminal charges. In the fall of 2012, Redfern joined Republicans in calling for the resignation of Democratic Rep. Clayton Luckie who faced numerous felony charges.

While Republicans – like Speaker Batchelder and former ORP Chairman Bennett – jumped to call for the resignation of previous Democratic officeholders facing indictment, they have been surprisingly quiet regarding the criminal investigations trailing Rep. Beck and news concerning this indictment.

“Following this indictment, I’m certainly curious whether Governor Kasich will take the same approach other Republicans have in the past and call for Rep. Beck’s immediate resignation,” noted Redfern.

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BACKGROUND

Rep. Pete Beck Faces Civil, Criminal Investigations

January 2013: Beck Was Subject To An Investigation By The Ohio House Ethics Committee; Investigation Was Prompted By A Lawsuit Alleging Beck Participated In $1.2 Million Fraud.  According to The Cincinnati Enquirer ,”Sworn in to his third term Monday, state Rep. Peter Beck now faces an ethics investigation by the Ohio House because of a civil lawsuit alleging he participated in a fraud that cheated investors out of more than $1.2 million.” [The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/8/13]

Civil Suit Alleged That Beck Participated In $1.2 Million Fraud; Beck Was Alleged To Have Helped Produce Fraudulent Accounting Statements Through His Accounting Firm.  According to The Cincinnati Enquirer “This is not the first time in court for some of the key players in a lawsuit alleging that state Rep. Peter Beck and others defrauded investors out of more than $1.2 million. … B.eck, a Mason Republican now in his third term in a district that includes parts of Warren and Butler counties, also faces an ethics investigation by the Ohio House over the recent lawsuit.  … In the lawsuit, Hodges alleges that Beck solicited investments and sold ownership shares for Christopher Technologies, a start-up software company where he served as chief financial officer. Among other things, Beck helped produce financial statements showing that both Christopher and TML ‘were sound and in good standing,’ when in fact the opposite was true, the suit says.” [The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/11/13]

July 2013: Peter Beck Was Expected To Face Multiple Felony Charges Related To Securities Fraud. .According to The Columbus Dispatch “State Rep. Peter Beck is expected to face multiple felony charges today related to securities fraud. Multiple Dispatch sources confirmed that a Hamilton County grand jury is expected to hand up indictments against Beck, 60, a certified public accountant from Mason who was appointed to the House in September 2009 and won election twice since then. ” [The Columbus Dispatch, 6/18/13]

Calls For Clayton Luckie To Step Down.

October 2012: After Rep. Clayton Luckie Was Indicted, Chairman Redfern Called On Luckie To Step Down. According to Dayton Daily News, “The investigation that resulted in Wednesday’s shocking 49-count criminal indictment against Rep. Clayton Luckie started with one $300 campaign donation in 2010 that was improperly omitted from the Dayton Democrat’s finance reports…  The Democratic caucus did begin stripping Luckie of his committee assignments, including his spot on the powerful Controlling Board that approves multi-million dollar state contracts. ‘I think it would be wise for Rep. Luckie to step away from public service and resign his position so he can focus on the challenges ahead,’ said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. ” [Dayton Daily News, 10/10/12]

ORP Chairman Bob Bennett Called On Luckie To Resign. According to WDTN “The chairman of the Ohio Republican Party says Democrat State Representative Clayton Luckie should step down.  In a statement released Nov. 21, 2012, Bob Bennett called on leaders in the Ohio Democratic Party to force Luckie to resign. ” [WDTN, 11/21/12]

Speaker Batschelder Said That Luckie Damaged The Public’s Trust In The House, Said Luckie Should Resign. According to The Associated Press “-The Ohio House speaker is calling on a state lawmaker to resign in the wake of a 49-count indictment that accuses him of skimming nearly $130,000 in campaign funds for his personal use and failing to list campaign expenditures for six years. Speaker William Batchelder said Wednesday that Rep. Clayton Luckie has damaged the public’s trust in the House and should resign. Batchelder, a Republican, says it’s in ‘the best interest’ of the Legislature and the people of Ohio that Luckie leave office.” [The Associated Press, 10/10/12]

Will Gov. Kasich Call for Resignation of Republican State Rep. Facing Potential Felonious Criminal Charges?

Rep. Pete Beck (R-Mason) Expected to be Indicted on Multiple Counts of Securities Fraud

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, as reported by the Columbus Dispatch, State Representative Pete Beck, a Republican from Mason, is expected to be indicted on felonious criminal charges, including securities fraud. These charges follow a civil lawsuit, and allegations that Beck may have illegally misappropriated tens of thousands of dollars for his campaign accounts.

“Even the allegation of these types of charges against Rep. Beck harms the public’s trust in state government,” said Ohio Democratic Chairman and State Representative Chris Redfern.

Recently, legislators of both parties faced criminal charges. In the fall of 2012, Redfern joined Republicans in calling for the resignation of Democratic Rep. Clayton Luckie who faced numerous felony charges.

While Republicans – like Speaker Batchelder and former ORP Chairman Bennett – jumped to call for the resignation of previous Democratic officeholders facing indictment, they have been surprisingly quiet regarding the criminal investigations trailing Rep. Beck and news concerning a potential indictment.

“With this potential indictment, I’m certainly curious whether Governor Kasich will take the same approach other Republicans have in the past and call for Rep. Beck’s immediate resignation,” noted Redfern.

 

BACKGROUND

Rep. Pete Beck Faces Civil, Criminal Investigations

January 2013: Beck Was Subject To An Investigation By The Ohio House Ethics Committee; Investigation Was Prompted By A Lawsuit Alleging Beck Participated In $1.2 Million Fraud.  According to The Cincinnati Enquirer ,”Sworn in to his third term Monday, state Rep. Peter Beck now faces an ethics investigation by the Ohio House because of a civil lawsuit alleging he participated in a fraud that cheated investors out of more than $1.2 million.” [The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/8/13]

Civil Suit Alleged That Beck Participated In $1.2 Million Fraud; Beck Was Alleged To Have Helped Produce Fraudulent Accounting Statements Through His Accounting Firm.  According to The Cincinnati Enquirer “This is not the first time in court for some of the key players in a lawsuit alleging that state Rep. Peter Beck and others defrauded investors out of more than $1.2 million. … B.eck, a Mason Republican now in his third term in a district that includes parts of Warren and Butler counties, also faces an ethics investigation by the Ohio House over the recent lawsuit.  … In the lawsuit, Hodges alleges that Beck solicited investments and sold ownership shares for Christopher Technologies, a start-up software company where he served as chief financial officer. Among other things, Beck helped produce financial statements showing that both Christopher and TML ‘were sound and in good standing,’ when in fact the opposite was true, the suit says.” [The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/11/13]

July 2013: Peter Beck Was Expected To Face Multiple Felony Charges Related To Securities Fraud. .According to The Columbus Dispatch “State Rep. Peter Beck is expected to face multiple felony charges today related to securities fraud. Multiple Dispatch sources confirmed that a Hamilton County grand jury is expected to hand up indictments against Beck, 60, a certified public accountant from Mason who was appointed to the House in September 2009 and won election twice since then. ” [The Columbus Dispatch, 6/18/13]

Calls For Clayton Luckie To Step Down.

October 2012: After Rep. Clayton Luckie Was Indicted, Chairman Redfern Called On Luckie To Step Down. According to Dayton Daily News, “The investigation that resulted in Wednesday’s shocking 49-count criminal indictment against Rep. Clayton Luckie started with one $300 campaign donation in 2010 that was improperly omitted from the Dayton Democrat’s finance reports…  The Democratic caucus did begin stripping Luckie of his committee assignments, including his spot on the powerful Controlling Board that approves multi-million dollar state contracts. ‘I think it would be wise for Rep. Luckie to step away from public service and resign his position so he can focus on the challenges ahead,’ said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern. ” [Dayton Daily News, 10/10/12]

ORP Chairman Bob Bennett Called On Luckie To Resign. According to WDTN “The chairman of the Ohio Republican Party says Democrat State Representative Clayton Luckie should step down.  In a statement released Nov. 21, 2012, Bob Bennett called on leaders in the Ohio Democratic Party to force Luckie to resign. ” [WDTN, 11/21/12]

Speaker Batschelder Said That Luckie Damaged The Public’s Trust In The House, Said Luckie Should Resign. According to The Associated Press “-The Ohio House speaker is calling on a state lawmaker to resign in the wake of a 49-count indictment that accuses him of skimming nearly $130,000 in campaign funds for his personal use and failing to list campaign expenditures for six years. Speaker William Batchelder said Wednesday that Rep. Clayton Luckie has damaged the public’s trust in the House and should resign. Batchelder, a Republican, says it’s in ‘the best interest’ of the Legislature and the people of Ohio that Luckie leave office.” [The Associated Press, 10/10/12]

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Put a Tent on This Circus

Two independent watchdog groups slam Kasich for declining government accountability and transparency

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern issued the following statement today in response to Governor John Kasich’s embarrassing inclusion among “The Worst Governors in America” as rated by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, as well as Ohio’s ranking of 40th in the Better Government Association’s “Integrity Index”:

“The worst part about these rankings is that they’re guaranteed to get worse: Governor Kasich’s recent actions – supporting a horrifically retrograde assault on women’s healthcare that was slipped into the budget at the last minute and letting local governments follow the lead of JobsOhio and shield themselves from taxpayer scrutiny – happened too recently to be included. There’s simply no good reason for Ohio to be trending so unmistakably toward less government transparency and accountability, and Ohioans who are paying more in taxes and getting less in return are right to wonder what’s really going on behind the curtain.

Governor Kasich’s inclusion today in the ‘Worst Governors in America’ clown car – coming so soon on the heels of a budget-signing ceremony that garnered national attention for its incredible display of tone deafness – once again reveals a Governor adept at making our state a laughingstock. We’re not amused.”

BACKGROUND

CREW

Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington Called Kasich A “Sideshow”, Said “Kasich Will Do Whatever It Takes To Keep The Public In The Dark About The Non-Profit He Created, And Played Partisan Politics With His State’s Voting Laws” “According to CREW’s Worst Governor’s In America report ” Gov. Kasich will do whatever it takes to keep the public in the dark about the non-profit he created, and played partisan politics with his state’s voting laws. In February 2011, Gov. Kasich replaced Ohio’s Department of Development with JobsOhio, a private non-profit exempt from public record laws. Gov. Kasich’s administration resisted efforts by the state auditor to procure JobsOhio’s financial records, leading to a subpoena. JobsOhio ultimately complied, but Gov. Kasich later fast-tracked a bill to strip the state auditor’s authority to examine the records. Gov. Kasich also sought to institute new restrictions on voting, including the elimination of in-person voting three days before elections. After opponents of the bill gathered enough signatures to hold a referendum, Gov. Kasich signed a repeal of all the new measures, except the elimination of early voting. A federal appeals court reinstated early voting in October 2012.” [CREW Worst Governors In America report, 2013 - Full Report]

Better Government Association

Better Government Association Study “Paint[ed] Ohio As A Backwater When It Comes To Government Integrity”; Ranked Ohio 40th Among The States.   According to Columbus Dispatch “A Better Government Association study paints Ohio as a backwater when it comes to government integrity. A national study released this week by the Chicago nonprofit watchdog ranked Ohio 40th among the states in enabling citizens ‘to fight corruption by attending public meetings, reviewing government documents and raising questions without fear of retribution.’” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/17/13]

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Ohio Democrats Applaud Expected Confirmation of Cordray

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, in a 71-29 bipartisan vote, the U.S. Senate invoked cloture, removing the final obstacle to former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s approval as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Senators Sherrod Brown and Robert Portman both voted for cloture, ending Republicans’ nearly three year refusal to hold an up or down vote on Cordray’s nomination. Tonight, following eight hours of debate, Richard Cordray is expected to be confirmed.

In response, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“There has never been any doubt that Richard Cordray is a tireless consumer advocate with an exceptional legal background, superbly qualified to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. After the worst recession since the Great Depression, I’m thankful that one of Ohio’s own will lead the fight to protect consumers, students, and anyone else of which Wall Street might try to take advantage.

“With Cordray’s confirmation, Ohio and the nation can finally close this chapter and rest safer knowing that Rich is on the job.”

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Annals of Republican Outreach to Ohio Women, Weekend Edition

VIDEO: Top GOP Strategist, Kasich Supporter: ‘Nobody really cares… all that much’ about women’s health issues

Kasich: ‘We need more women involved’ says governor apparently powerless to hire more women to senior roles

COLUMBUS – As questions about Governor John Kasich’s historic assault on women’s healthcare – which includes the defunding of Planned Parenthood and requiring women to undergo medically unnecessary ultrasounds – continue to swirl, one leading Ohio Republican offered a revealing response. On this weekend’s edition of ‘Capitol Square,’ Kasich supporter and top Ohio GOP strategist Bob Clegg had the following to say about issues of women’s health, and the impassioned fallout, HERE:

“That’s why Democrats won’t do well next year because they want to focus on issues that nobody really cares about all that much.”[VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otwaaVO79so]

This comes on the heels of a mystifyingly passive statement from Governor Kasich regarding women in government. According to the Columbus Dispatch, at a women-in-business luncheon last Friday, the Governor said:

We need more women involved in all of our operations, whether it is the cabinet positions, whether it is at JobsOhio, whether it is on the boards of trustees of our universities and community colleges,” – which is an odd thing for the person ultimately responsible for hiring his senior staff and making key appointments to say.

Meanwhile, women at the event must not have gotten Clegg’s memo regarding the significance of these issues:

Four women approached by The Dispatch at the event declined to answer questions pertaining to Kasich and his signing of a budget with abortion restrictions. Skinner said “maybe” some of those provisions did affect her personal opinion of Kasich.

“If (the budget) impacts Planned Parenthood, that’s unfortunate,” she said. [Columbus Dispatch, 7/13/13]

Another weekend, another sorry display of Ohio Republicans not getting it.

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Historic Attacks on Middle-Class, Women Enacted by Gov. Kasich in Ohio

Handouts to the wealthy, tax increases for middle-class, defunding Planned Parenthood, forced ultrasounds in store for Ohioans

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Following Governor John Kasich’s signing of a state budget that attacks the middle-class and women, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“If there was ever any doubt of John Kasich’s extremist values, he’s made his priorities crystal clear by attacking women’s health care and giving his wealthy and well-connected friends a $6,000 handout, paid for by tax raises on the middle-class. Kasich’s move to increase sales and property taxes shifts a greater burden on to working families across our state, and will make it even harder for local communities to fund essential services like education. And once again, the Governor has shown what a hypocrite and ineffective leader he can be by failing to take meaningful steps on Medicaid expansion.

“And with the stroke of a pen, Kasich launched an all-out assault on women’s health care, defunding Planned Parenthood and putting at risk the life-saving, critical health care they provide, including cancer screenings, HIV tests, and even birth control. But make no mistake, whether it’s John Kasich’s gag on rape crisis centers, the effort to shut down clinics across the state, or even his forced ultrasounds, this budget sets women’s health care back decades. Because of John Kasich, it’s a sad day in Ohio and women will suffer.”

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Ohio Republican Budget to Harm Middle-Class Families and Women the Worst

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, the Ohio Legislature approved a state budget that rewards the wealthy and well-connected with thousands of dollars in handouts, while increasing taxes on the middle-class and setting women’s health care back decades. In a tight vote in the State House of Representatives, the budget passed 53-44, while passing in the State Senate 21-11.

In response, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“In a narrow House vote, some of the state’s most conservative Republicans turned their backs on Governor Kasich because even they understand that this budget does more harm than good. This plan to reward the wealthy and well-connected with a $6,000 handout, financed by middle-class tax increases, will not improve our economy or create jobs. And these property tax increases for all Ohioans will have the unfortunate effect of making it even harder to pass school levies and fund other essential local services.

“But even more unconscionable than this tax shift is the all-out war Republicans have launched on women’s health care. From forcing women’s health clinics to close, placing new restrictions on the care rape-crisis centers can provide, to even defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans have doubled down on the same attacks against women that worked so well in 2012. Unless Governor Kasich vetoes all the dangerous health provisions contained in this budget, women will suffer.”

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Topical Reminder: John Kasich Has a Terrible Record on LGBT Issues

COLUMBUS – In light of today’s landmark Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, it is worth noting that Ohio Governor John Kasich – who voted for DOMA in 1996 – has a truly terrible record on LGBT issues.

It’s not just DOMA. Kasich once said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” that “I don’t approve of the gay lifestyle,” and he has a long record of opposing marriage equality and equal rights.

Let’s give credit where due, however: for about three hours last March, Kasich moderated his position and supported civil unions…before having a staff member clarify that he, in fact, opposes equality – by any name – after all. A position he reaffirmed today, responding to today’s groundbreaking news that he “supports traditional marriage.”

The record speaks for itself, and it doesn’t say anything good.

Kasich’s LGBT Record

Kasich: “I Don’t Approve Of The Gay Lifestyle.” On Face the Nation in 1998, Kasich said that “as a man of faith, I call tell you there’s behavior I don’t approve of, and I don’t approve of the–of the gay lifestyle, but what I’ll tell you is I don’t really focus on the sin; I focus on the good that people can bring to our society, and I urge my friends and they urge me to do better every single day.” [Face The Nation, CBS, 7/5/1998]

Marriage

Kasich Supported Ohio Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage The Columbus Dispatch reported on September 26, 2010 that, “Kasich said marriage ‘is betweena man and a woman,’ and he supported the 2004 amendment to Ohio’s Constitutiondefining it as such.” [Columbus Dispatch, 9/26/10]

Kasich Opposed Marriage Equality, Said “I Don’t Believe That There Ought To Be Gay Marriages.”  On Hardball With Chris Matthews in 1999, when asked if a gay person could be president, he said, “Well, sure, I think it can happen.  But, Chris, let me just say this to you: I don’t–I don’t–I would never condemn somebody because of their lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean that–that I have to be approving of it.  In other words, I don’t believe that there ought to be gay marriages, but I’m not gonna run around trying to–to put the finger on people and try to condemn them… That’s–that’s really not my job.” [Hardball With Chris Matthews, MSNBC, 1/26/99]

Kasich Voted For The Defense Of Marriage Act.  In 1996, Kasich voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which, the Akron Beacon Journal wrote, “define marriage as a heterosexual union only and limit marriage rights for gays and lesbians.’” [HR 3396, Vote #316, 7/12/96; Akron Beacon Journal, 7/13/96]

Kasich Flip Flopped On Supporting Civil Unions

March 20, 2013: Kasich Said He Supported Civil Unions; Said “If People Want To Have Civil Unions And Have Some Way To Transfer Their Resources, I’m For That.”  According to WCPO Channel 9: “Ohio Gov. John Kasich Wednesday said while he supports civil unions for same sex couples, he remains opposed to same sex marriage…. ‘If people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer their resources, I’m for that. I don’t support gay marriage. ” [WCPO, 3/21/13]

  • March 21, 2013: Kasich’s Spokesman Reiterated Kasich’s Opposition To Civil Unions; Said “[Kasich] Opposes Changing Ohio’s Constitution To Allow For Civil Unions,” According to Buzzfeed ” Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said he favored civil unions in an interview published Thursday morning, but by Thursday afternoon his spokesman said otherwise. ‘He may have used the term ‘civil union’ loosely in this instance,’ Kasich spokesperson Rob Nichols said in a statement sent to BuzzFeed. ‘The governor’s position is unchanged. He opposes gay marriage and opposes changing Ohio’s Constitution to allow for civil unions,’ said Nichols. ‘He’s opposed to discrimination against any Ohioan and, while he may have used the term ‘civil union’ loosely in this instance, he recognizes the existing rights of Ohioans to enter into private contracts to manage their personal property and health care issues.’” [Buzzfeed, 3/21/13]

Kasich Voted To Ban Adoptions By Gay Parents In Washington DC

Kasich Voted to Deny Adoptions By Homosexual Couples In The District Of Columbia. Kasich Voted Yes On H.R. 4380 (105th): The District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 1999  “Section 150 – Prohibits funds contained in this Act from being used: … to carry out any joint adoption of a child between individuals who are not related by blood or marriage.” [HR 4380, 8/3/98 – Roll Call available here]

Kasich Voted Three Times To Against Providing Medical Benefits For Homosexual Couples

1998:  Kasich Opposed Medical Benefits For Homosexual Couples In San Francisco. In 1998, Kasich voted to prohibit funds from being used to implement the San Francisco ordinance that requires private companies and organizations contracting with or receiving grants from the city to provide health care benefits to unmarried domestic partners of their workers.  [HR 4194, Vote #349, 7/29/1998; CQ Weekly, 8/1/98]

1993:  Kasich Voted To Ban Funds For Domestic Partners Program In DC.  In 1993, Kasich  voted in favor of legislation prohibiting Washington, D.C. from using federal funds to enforce “domestic partners” legislation allowing city workers to extend health benefits to an unrelated adult partner.  [HR 2492, Vote #313, 6/30/1993; Washington Times, 7/04/93]

1992:  Kasich Opposed Health Coverage For Domestic Partners.  In 1992, Kasich voted against a domestic partnership law allowing D.C. employees to extend health care coverage to a “domestic partner.”  The bill would also prohibit the use of federal funds for abortions except to save the life of the woman, but would place no prohibition on the use of locally raised funds. [HR 5517, Vote #275, 7/8/1992; Washington Times, 7/12/92]

Military Service Equality

Kasich Supported Don’t Ask Don’t Tell; Bill Discouraging Gays From Joining The Military.  In 1993, Kasich voted in favor of DADT, a bill banning gays from serving in the military.   According to the Washington Times, the bill “discourages homosexual enlistment in the military and brands homosexuality an ‘unacceptable risk’ to the morale of the armed services.” [HR 2401, Vote #462, 9/28/1993; Washington Times, 10/03/93]

  • Kasich: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Is A “Great Policy” On Hardball With Chris Matthews in January 1999, when asked if a gay person should be allowed in the military, John Kasich said, “Yeah, I do. Sure, I do… But in terms of the military, you know, we’ve got don’t ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell…’ The president developed that with the Congress. I think it’s–it’s a great policy.” [Hardball With Chris Matthews, CNBC News Transcripts, 1/26/99]
  • 12,340 Service Members Were Discharged Because of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The Associated Press reported on November 18, 2009 that, “the military dischargedabout 12,340 people between 1994 and 2007 for violating the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy,according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a military watchdoggroup.” [Associated Press, 11/18/09]

Kasich Wrote Clinton Telling Him To Go Slow On Gays In The Military.  The Columbus Dispatch wrote, “Kasich joined all other [Armed Services] committee Republicans in a letter to Clinton Wednesday. It said, ‘We are concerned that your decision to change current Department of Defense policy regarding homosexuals will be made before the American public, Congress or our military have had an opportunity to understand the implications that such a decision might have for the readiness and quality of life of our armed forces.’” [Columbus Dispatch, 1/31/93]

Kasich Said Republicans Shouldn’t Support Gays In Military; It Would Make GOP “Be Mush.” When asked on Crossfire in 2000 why the GOP didn’t support gays in the military, Kasich said that “we’re inclusive, but we don’t want to be mush… on gays in the military, we have ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We think it’s the best policy.” [Crossfire, CNN, 8/1/00]

Discrimination

Kasich Revised State Policy To Allow Discrimination On Basis Of Gender Identity The Columbus Dispatch reported on January 22, 2011 that, “Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order yesterday setting an anti-discrimination policy for state-government employment…Kasich said in his campaign that he would continue a 2007 order from former Gov. Ted Strickland that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but Kasich’s order leaves out ‘gender identity.’” [Columbus Dispatch, 1/22/11]

Kasich Suggested Implementing A “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy In Community Programs Such As Big Brothers Big Sisters.  While guest hosting the O’Reilly Factor in 2002, and discussing the barring of openly gay volunteers from mentoring children in Big Brothers and Big Sisters programs, Kasich said that “there’s one thing I don’t understand. I’m a heterosexual, but I do not run around in the newsroom declaring my sexuality. What is this business about people feeling they must declare their sexual orientation? Why don’t we just adopt a policy like they have in the military, don’t ask, don’t tell, it’s nobody’s business, and if you exhibit some demonstration of your sexual orientation, you ought to be out?” [The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 8/16/02]

Kasich Voted Against Efforts To Prohibit Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation In 1998, Kasich voted to defund implementation of Clinton’s executive order to prohibit discrimination in the federal civilian workforce. [HR 4276, Vote # 398, 8/5/98]

Kasich Opposed A Ruling Overturning Anti-Sodomy Law In Texas Guest hosting The O’Reilly Factor after the 2003 Lawrence v. Texas case declaring the Texas Anti-sodomy laws unconstitutional, Kasich said, “I don’t think it’s just a privacy issue. I think it’s going to have a profound impact on our culture… And frankly, I think a lot of people have missed the boat on this. This is going to open up a big debate with huge, cultural ramifications… I personally didn’t like the ruling” [The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 6/27/03]

Kasich Opposed Law Recognizing The Contributions Of The LGBT Community In History Lessons.  Guest-hosting The O’Reilly Factor in 2006, Kasich said of a California proposal to teach about the contributions of the LGBT community in schools, “They’re going to teach this in a book. I mean, what are they doing here… I’ll tell you something. It never ceases to amaze me. I love to come to California, but when I study this stuff, it never ceases to amaze me.” [The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 5/12/06]

Human Rights Campaign Rankings

Human Rights Campaign Ranked Kasich Low In Defending LGBT Rights.  From 1989 to 2001, Kasich only voted with the Human Rights Campaign’s positions an average of about 15% of the time, and never more than 30% of the time in a single meeting of Congress. [Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecards]

101st Congress (1989-1990):  30

102nd Congress (1991-1992):  0

103rd Congress (1993-1994):  14

104th Congress (1995-1996):  22

105th Congress (1997-1998):  13

106th Congress (1999-2000):  10

Ohio Democratic Chairman’s Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Impacting Equality

COLUMBUS, OHIO- In response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions finding the Defense of Marriage Act  (DOMA) unconstitutional and allowing same-sex couple to marry in California, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“I’m deeply thankful that the Defense of Marriage Act has finally been struck from our country’s books, and that millions across the nation and Ohio are one step closer to equal and fair treatment under the law. DOMA implemented discrimination into the highest law of the land, and it’s a great day that this ugly reminder of a different time is finally gone.

“Ohio Democrats are honored to stand with our LGBT brothers and sisters in the fight to earn marriage equality for all, and continue our march to overcome the prejudice of the past. But despite our victories across the nation, Ohio Republicans in the Statehouse and Governor’s office remain committed to keeping prejudice enshrined in law.”

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Governor Unskewed Polls Guy?

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]

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