For Immediate Release
May 4, 2016
Gov. John Kasich is suspending his run for President after failing to win any state but his own.
The following is a statement from ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis:
“When Ohio elected John Kasich governor, they agreed to pay for his gubernatorial security. We should not get stuck with the cost of protecting him when he runs for President outside of Ohio. He needs to either re-pay it personally or have his campaign cover the cost. Ohio has better things to do with its money, especially with hunger, poverty, and infant mortality shamefully high.’’
Theis estimated that Kasich’s run for President has cost Ohio taxpayers at least $1 million. The tally is based on news reports, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Open Checkbook and records from the Ohio Controlling Board. The figure includes overtime for staff and security, and expenses for things such as meals and lodging.
Kasich’s decision to suspend his campaign comes two days Public Policy Polling showed that just 38% of Ohio voters think he should stay in the race and 66% oppose paying for his protection while he runs for President.
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ProgressOhio Executive Director Sandy Theis