Gov. John Kasich
has seemingly rebounded from a rocky political start as governor to now enjoy
his highest approval rating since he became governor in January 2011.
For the first time, Kasich’s job approval rating has risen
to more than 50 percent, according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac
The survey found that 53 percent approve of Kasich with 32
percent against. In December, the governor had a 42 to 35 percent approval
Quinnipiac also took a look at some potential challengers
to Kasich in 2014. The governor hasn’t officially announced a re-election bid,
but all signs point to him running again.
Here’s what the poll that surveyed 1,011 registered voters
with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent found when comparing Kasich
to four potential Democrats who might consider challenging the governor. None
have officially announced a gubernatorial campaign.
Kasich led 45-35 against Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
; 44-39 over U.S.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard
; 44-36 against U.S. Rep. Tim
of Niles; and 45-38 over former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton
It is worth pointing out that Kasich does not receive more
than 50 percent against any potential candidate, but it may cause some
potential opponents to think twice about a statewide run.
At first glance, the poll indicated FitzGerald has the
most ground to make up, and Cordray would be the closest to Kasich in terms of
Cordray is prohibited from discussing politics while in
his federal role and I wonder if his status among Ohioans would rise if he
decided to run for governor.
Of course this is just one poll and it’s too early to make
significant judgments now because much could change over the next year.
But what it does suggest is that the governor has made a
bit of a political comeback after a stinging loss when he was vocal proponent
of Senate Bill 5 in November 2011, a measure that aimed to strip away
collective bargaining powers. It was soundly repealed by a statewide referendum
and many blamed Kasich for the defeat.
Democrats were riding a wave of momentum after that
victory and it likely helped during the 2012 president campaign that saw
President Barack Obama
The poll also comes after Kasich released his budget
proposal that contains a blend of tax reform proposals and an expansion of
Medicaid among the most popularly discussed items so far.
What makes the budget proposal even more interesting is
both parties see in it things they like and don’t like.
As I've written before,
I believe there will be compromises needed by both parties to hammer out the
final details of this state’s two-year budget.
Kasich to headline Lake GOP dinner
The governor will be the featured speaker April 3 for the
Lake County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the American
Croatian Lodge in Eastlake. Tables will only be reserved for pre-paid parties
of eight and VIPs. All other seating will be open. For more information,
contact party headquarters or visit www.lakegop.com
recently took out petitions with the Lake County Elections Board for
Willoughby-Eastlake School Board.
Janet A. Dowling
has filed petitions to run for Mentor Council at large.
Re-election kickoff party for Mentor Municipal Court Judge John Trebets
, 5 to 8 p.m. March 7 at
Holiday Inn Express LaMalfa Centre in Mentor. See Ed
Re-election kickoff for Eastlake Mayor Ted
, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 21 at Patrician Party,
Eastlake. See Ted or Patricia
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
hosts St. Patrick’s Day Celebration 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
March 12 at LaMalfa Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites. See Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour
or Ernie Koenig
Concord Township Trustees Paul
re-election fundraiser is rescheduled to 5 to 7 p.m. April
1 at Harry Buffalo in Painesville Township. See Malchesky, Galloway or Connie Luhta
will host a
kickoff fundraiser for his Eastlake mayor campaign, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17
at Trader Jack’s Riverside Grille in Eastlake. See Donna Vaughn
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: Barack Obama, Betty Sutton, Ed FitzGerald, John Kasich, Richard Cordray, Tim Ryan