Democrats have always hoped for a strong anti-Kasich sentiment in this year’s election. There was a little of that at a very small campaign stop for the incumbent governor today near Dayton. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler was there.
Tea Party groups had tried to get the word out about Kasich’s appearance at a sign-making shop in Beavercreek. But only a trio of opponents of the Common Core standards came out with their t-shirts and poster boards to convince Kasich to back the latest repeal attempt. The opponents included local retired resident Mike Snead, who described himself as both a Tea Partier and a Republican.
“Well, it’s a work day, and many of our people do work, so it’s one of those things where people have other things they must do," Snead said. "But we’re happy to be here to express our support for repealing Common Core.”
Standing a few feet away holding the only anti-Kasich sign in the area was Doris Adams, the chair of the Greene County Democratic Party, who was not surprised to see just a small Tea Party presence, and was happy to talk up her party’s candidates.
“Democrats have never professed to walk on water," Adams said. "But at least we’ll work our hearts out. We have one of the finest teams…I hope there’s enough moderate people out there, regardless of party, that will step up on election day and do what’s right for Ohio.”
Adams said she’s firmly behind Ed FitzGerald, in spite of what's been happening within his campaign.
Inside the sign shop, Gov. John Kasich continued his low-key campaign, meeting with about two dozen invited supporters, posing for pictures, shaking hands – and talking with a group of reporters. He was asked about his double-digit lead on FitzGerald, with around 50 days to go till early voting begins.
“You know, I don’t really pay any attention to these public polls. That’s just not what I do," Kasich said. "And when I play golf, I don’t pay attention to how the other person’s playing. I just take care of my own game.”
When asked about the departures of some of FitzGerald’s top campaign staff, Kasich said he didn’t have any comment.