House, Senate Leaders Say Kasich's Presidential Campaign Isn't Slowing Down Ohio Government

Feb 11, 2016

Gov. John Kasich is hitting the campaign trail hard after a second place finish in New Hampshire. Ohio lawmakers talked about how the presidential campaign might be impacting things on their end.

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 (R-Celina) and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) dispute this notion and they add that Kasich is always ready to take a phone call.

But Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) does think Kasich’s presidential hopes are affecting lawmaking. “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.