State Lawmakers Discuss How Governor's Presidential Campaign Affects Work In Columbus

Gov. John Kasich at his presidential campaign launch. (Photo: screenshot of live feed)
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Gov. John Kasich is hitting the campaign trail hard after a second place finish in New Hampshire. Today Ohio lawmakers talked about how that campaigning may be affecting business in Columbus.  Statehouse Reporter Andy Chow has more.

There’s been a sense at the Statehouse that lawmakers might be moving a little slower than usual due to Kasich’s presidential campaign.

Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, both Republicans, dispute this notion and they add that Kasich is always ready to take a phone call.

But Democratic Senator Joe Schiavoni does think Kasich’s presidential hopes are affecting lawmaking.

Schiavoni: “I don’t expect that we’re going to do anything controversial or contentious that is going to in anyway make the governor be put in a position where he’s gonna have some questions to answer.”

Faber says Kasich is capable of running the state while vying for the Republican nomination.
 

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