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Kasich catches criticism for cabinet
Diversity major issue for opponents of selections
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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The incoming governor has been taking some heat from critics who say his cabinet appointments all have something in common – and it's not their political views. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports on the diversity debate in the governor-elect’s team.

Kasich defends selections

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The most vocal critic of Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich’s cabinet picks isn’t a surprise – Ohio Democratic Party chair Chris Redfern has blasted Kasich for selecting a series of white guys to his administration – including his last two choices, retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe as head of Veterans Services and former Franklin County auditor Joe Testa as tax commissioner.  Outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland says he doesn’t think it’s appropriate for him to comment on Kasich’s choices, but he’s proud of the ones he made.

“50% of my cabinet members were women.  I had African Americans in my cabinet.  I had openly, you know, a cabinet member who was openly associated with the GBLT community.  I even had a Mennonite in my cabinet.”

And Strickland followed up on that by appointing his running mate Yvette McGee Brown as the first ever African American woman to the Ohio Supreme Court.  But Kasich says he’s not worried about the criticism.
“They want me to be able to fix this economy.  And I’m going to pick people who I think have experience, people who have character and can move the needle.”
 

But Kasich notes that his lieutenant governor, his campaign manager and his finance chairman are women.
 

“I’ve said all along, I really wish I could get some guys around me.  That didn’t happen because I was playing some sort of numbers game.  I did it because these are the best people and that’s what we’ll continue to do.  And hey – I think the campaign’s over.  But I guess the name-calling continues.”

Kasich says he’ll be making a few more cabinet announcements in the next few weeks.


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Gee! Imagine that! What an outrage! Mr. Kasich is appointing the most qualified people, that will get the job done, for his cabinet . I cannot believe he isn't appointing political cronies and supporters to his cabinet as paybacks! Maybe if the Democrats understood that it is results that count not diversity, we would be in better shape. Shut up Mr. Redfern, pay attention, you might learn something about leadership.
Go get em' Mr. Kasich!!


Posted by: Don (Delaware) on December 13, 2010 7:12AM
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