In an article titled, “Kasich lays down the law,” The Columbus Dispatch covered Governor-elect Kasich’s first speech since winning Tuesday’s election. From the article:
With a budget crisis looming next year, Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich had a blunt message yesterday for lobbyists and others connected with state government: Get on his bus, or get run over.
“I just want Ohio to be great; this is our chance,” Kasich said during a luncheon at Brio Tuscan Grille at Polaris. “Please leave the cynicism and the political maneuvering at the door. Because we need you on the bus, and if you’re not on the bus, we will run over you with the bus. And I’m not kidding.”
Kasich told the lobbyists, representatives of special-interest groups and “Statehouse regulars” invited to the $28-a-person luncheon that he welcomes their input, but he defeated Gov. Ted Strickland and the Democrats in a bruising campaign and won’t accept the status quo.
“For those who are sitting in this room that think, ‘We’ve heard this before,’ I had 12 visits by a president, somewhere between
$45 (million) and $50 million (spent against him), 500 paid volunteers in here calling me every name in the book, former presidents, first ladies and God-knows-who-else, and we beat all of them,” Kasich said. “And if you think you’re going to stop us, you’re crazy. You will not stop us. We will beat you. And that’s not arrogance.”
“Being in government is not just about cutting,” Kasich said. “It’s about providing a better product … We want your help in designing a better product.”
Added Taylor: “We can’t do the ‘Don’t cut me, cut somebody else’ because it doesn’t work, and it’s not going to work anymore.”
Kasich later went to Brooklyn, a Cleveland suburb, to talk with officials at American Greetings, which reportedly is considering moving its headquarters and 2,000 employees. The company issued a statement saying it briefed Kasich on its ongoing review of its world headquarters location and that “we look forward to working with him and his administration.”
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