It’s nice to see at least one of Kasich’s staffers/former staffers making big in the private sector. You’ll remember that the governor said he had to pay his senior staff much more than former Gov. Ted Strickland paid his crew because, by golly these folks are the cream of the crop and he’s competing with the private sector.
What Yosemite John didn’t say is that a bunch of these folks were just waiting in the wings being paid by political organizations and THE Ohio State University for ten or twelve years while he found himself and worked what was apparently a “no-show” gig at Lehman Brothers. (I thought that only happened on The Sopranos)
Freshly minted Ohio super-lobbyist Don Thibaut, a former Kasich staffer who spent 10 years on the Kasich political donation tit is now one of the three Friends of John who is getting all the big private sector lobbying business. Thibaut has gone from John’s hanger-on to represent some mighty big fish in the Kasich pond of infuence including the Corrections Corp. of America.
Kasich says he doesn’t talk clients with his Three Amigos, but interestingly, the Dispatch found that Thibault managed to slip one in – ooops!
It appears that the Kasich Administration’s gutting of the Office of the Ohio Consumers Councel has something to do with Thibault’s representation of IGS Energy, a Dublin natural gas marketer. When the OCC filed a complaint about deceptive marketing practices by IGS, the next thing you know the OCC is on Kasich’s shit list, meaning he cut most of their funding for the next two years.
One can only imagine the high fives exchanged at IGS over that one.
Let’s hope the Dispatch continues to do some critical thinking/reporting about what comes out of the Kasich Administration. I might suggest a follow-up assignment. How does the governor continue to say we have an $8 billion hole in the budget when his budget is coming in at around $5 billion more per biennium than Strickland’s last budget?