This is from the Columbus Dispatch, during Kasich’s campaign for governor in 2010:
While John Kasich’s old boss at Fox News couldn’t legally give him $1 million directly, Rupert Murdoch now acknowledges his “friendship” with Kasich sparked a million-dollar contribution to a group running ads bashing Gov. Ted Strickland. The donation went to the Republican Governors Association, which has bought more than $1 million worth of anti-Strickland ads – more than 3,000 spots – in central Ohio alone.
Murdoch was asked last night whether the million-dollar gift to the Republican Governors Association might affect the public’s perception of Fox News, whose theme is “fair and balanced.” “It doesn’t reflect on Fox News,” he said, according to Politico, a Washington publication covering politics. “It had nothing to do with Fox News. The RGA (gift) was actually (a result of) my friendship with John Kasich.”
Don’t pundits use the phrase “earned media” to describe a candidate making the tv rounds like Governor Kasich is doing? Can someone tell me what this far-Right deeply unpopular governor has done that has earned him all this free promotional time on national television? I’m not seeing the fabulousness of this person, and apparently I’m not alone. His charm is proving…elusive. We might have to start calling him John McCain if this keeps up.
In any event, the Kasich/media campaign to repackage John Kasich and sell him to Ohioans doesn’t seem to be working:
Kasich’s approval rating registered at a paltry 35% in the latest Quinnipiac poll of Ohio voters, with 50% disapproving of the Governor’s performance. Ohio was one of the major flash points in the fight between newly elected Republican governors and public employee unions over collective bargaining rights, compensation and benefits. The Quinnipiac poll showed that 56% of Ohioans think that SB 5, the new anti-union law passed by the Ohio Legislature and signed by Kasich, should be repealed, with 32% saying it should be kept. Independent voters favor repeal 52% to 33%, and even a little more than a third of Republicans want it scrapped. State residents may have that chance this November, as pro-union forces delivered more than five times the needed amount of signatures to force a ballot referendum.
I went to a local planning session on the We Are Ohio effort to repeal SB5 last night. What’s interesting to me about this issue is that it is genuinely bipartisan, or perhaps nonpartisan is a better word.
Democrats and liberals are a political minority where I live. I am familiar with the the volunteer activists or organizers who appear at every planning meeting, for one or another Democratic or liberal cause. They’re the same people, over and over. I mean that literally: the same twenty people. This is different. There’s new local faces at these We Are Ohio planning meetings.
I know this is anecdotal and local, and may not mean much in the national scheme of things, but based on my (admittedly less that scientifically rigorous) observations, it’s true.