Gov. Ted Strickland says he will stay politically active; resents lack of support from Northeast Ohio

By Bob L.
12/21/10

Democrats here in Ohio are just as much out of touch with the people as they are in Washington DC, they put people out of work and then say the Republican made us do it, well they say it takes two to tango, so they are both to blame, PERIOD

It is time that the two-party politics should be abolished, because they can not do any thing with out wining like little kids, they are Elected to protect this Country,NOT THEM SELVES, do your time get out, then shut your mouth and get on with your life, and I don’t mean stick your nose back in, you already screwed things up, SHUT YOUR MOUTH, and let them continue where you left off, they don’t need your help to screw it up any more, they will do a good job on their own.

There were Republicans that backed Democrats here in Ohio, so why do  we need a two, three or ten party system, we need people who will stand up for this Country, not the World, this Country first, then maybe the world, if you can’t take care of your self, you can’t help any one else.

Seasons Greetings to ALL and a Safe Holiday Season!!!!!

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Reginald Fields, The Plain DealerBy Reginald Fields, The Plain Dealer
Published: Monday, December 20, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland plans to stay politically active by supporting a startup liberal think tank whose objective will be to scrutinize every action of the incoming Republican-controlled governor’s office and legislature.

In a wide-ranging interview Monday, the Democratic leader, who will leave office on Jan. 9, also said that he did a lot for Cleveland but never got the support he deserved from Northeast Ohio leaders and local media, who he says thought of him as a country bumpkin who never understood the big city.

“Maybe it is because I’m from Appalachia,” the Scioto County-born Strickland told The Plain Dealer. “I think they always considered me a hayseed, someone who couldn’t possibly understand or be sophisticated enough to understand what life is like in the city.”

Strickland believes President Barack Obama will be re-elected in two years but said he warned the president in a meeting this month at the White House to do a better job of selling his accomplishments because Republicans are out to “destroy you” even “if it means the country will suffer as a result.”

Strickland also accused Republican Governor-elect Kasich, who complained to the media last week about having to abide by public records laws, of backtracking on his pledge to embrace government transparency.

The 69-year-old governor, far more provocative now that he is leaving office, even coyly hinted that he could run for governor again in four years. The governor looked relaxed as he measured his words carefully and spoke slowly, sometimes thumping his fingers in rhythmic fashion on the round conference table in his office before speaking.

First up for Strickland is helping his policy director Janetta King start a new think tank. The governor called the idea “exciting” but said beyond using his expertise and clout to help get the organization established, he doesn’t envision a role for himself with the group.

“The conservatives have the Buckeye Institute,” the governor said. “And so we would like to see the development of such a think tank that can respond in real time on a continuous basis with good data, effective communication and hold the new administration and legislature accountable.”

Strickland believes he did not lose to Kasich as much as he was defeated by a terrible economy that left voters frustrated and wanting to give someone else a chance in office, regardless of political affiliation.

“This election did not indicate an embracing of the Republican agenda,” he said. “This election was a reflection of people’s frustrations with the economy.”

Under Strickland, Ohio lost nearly 400,000 jobs, and unemployment soared into the double digits. The governor noted that every other state in the country suffered a similar fate.

But he said Ohio is only one of two states whose unemployment rate has dropped for eight consecutive months. And he said the Federal Reserve noted this year that Ohio had the fifth fastest growing economy in the country.

“It’s not an accident,” he said. “It is because I and my administration have managed the affairs of this state carefully and conservatively.”

Strickland criticized Kasich for rejecting $400 million from the federal government for a passenger rail project. The money ultimately went to other states including Florida and California, which Strickland predicted voters could make Kasich regret.

He also questioned why Kasich so forcefully complained to the media last week about having to abide by “stupid rules and regulations” that require some documents to be public records and interfere with the state’s ability to attract high-quality applicants.

“I find myself tripping over the ant hills on the way to the pyramids,” an angry Kasich said at a news conference when a question over a potential conflict of interest was raised about his new public safety director, Tom Charles.

“I blame it on all of you,” Kasich told reporters, “all this transparency, all this conflict and all this other stuff.”

Asked about Kasich’s comments, Strickland chuckled.

“Either you believe in transparency or you don’t,” Strickland said. “And if you don’t, you can always find excuses for why you would rather not comply with the requirements of the law.”

What mystifies Strickland the most is why he was never warmly received in Cleveland.

“We did a lot for Cleveland,” he said. “Cleveland, quite frankly, got more than their fair share. A historic tax break program and an allocation of stimulus funds. I spent more time in Cleveland than any city other than Columbus.”

Strickland, in part, said he blames The Plain Dealer for stories and editorials that he said swayed public opinion and were often critical of his administration. He noted that the paper cautiously endorsed Kasich.

“I don’t wave my arms around and say outrageous things,” Strickland said, referring to the kinetic Kasich.

“I mean, that was the strangest endorsement I’ve ever seen in my life: ‘He may talk himself off a cliff, but we’re going to endorse him with trepidation,'” Strickland said, loosely paraphrasing the endorsement the paper published Oct. 3.

He also said that “Cleveland’s biggest enemy is Cleveland,” and cited what he called the paper’s negative coverage of the city.

“I mean how you could read The Plain Dealer consistently and decide that you wanted to live in Cleveland if you’re from outside the state,” he said. “I don’t know how you do it.”

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