Ohio Gov.-elect Kasich reverses course
January 6th, 2011
02:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Ohio Gov.-elect Kasich reverses course

(CNN) – Following a spate of criticism over his plans to hold a private swearing-in ceremony, Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich reversed course on Wednesday, announcing that the event - set for January 10 at 12:01 a.m. - will now be open to the media.

Kasich's decision to make his and Lt. Gov.-elect Mary Taylor's swearing-in ceremony private, as well as to restrict media access to other inauguration events, sparked immediate outrage, particularly from the Ohio Statehouse press corps, who took issue with being barred from the traditionally open events.

Columbus Dispatch reporter Jim Siegel, who also serves as the president of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association, issued a statement on Tuesday chiding the incoming governor, saying the "inauguration of our next governor should be fully open to the press, so the public can get a complete accounting of activities. We have not heard satisfactory reasons as to why some events have restricted press access."

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said the decision to bar media access from the official swearing-in stemmed from concerns about space limitations in Kasich's Columbus-area residence.

But on Wednesday, Kasich's inaugural committee announced that the ceremony will now be held at the Statehouse in Columbus, with full access for credentialed media.

Siegel said the press corps is "pleased that the situation has been resolved and that full access will be granted."

"It's an official act, and not something that should be done outside of the view of the media," Siegel said. "It wasn't that we thought there would be some dramatic news event, but we believe it should be open as it has been in the past."

A public ceremonial swearing-in will also take place later that morning in the Ohio Theater as previously planned, the committee said.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Little Tin God

    So what else will he want to keep private/secret? Typical GOP.

    January 6, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Typical Marxists - they want everything they do kept secret - until it's time for the gas chambers for the rest of us. You republicans are about to get what you voted for. It's a shame you had to dump on us independents at the same time.

    January 6, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is time to have a moment of silence and prayer for the people of the great state of Ohio. Good luck!

    January 6, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I wouldn't trust this guy Ohioians, he's starting off on an untrustworthy foot.

    January 6, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. PalmReader

    That's some transparency you GOPers were selling ... TeaPers ought to be very impressed. I know I am. Thought the GOPers disregard of campaign promises would take longer to surface. Gotta admit, you guys are much bolder than even I imagined you could be.

    January 6, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Tim

    Yeah, I'll bet there wasn't ANY shady lobbying planned in his own house. Welcome Back, Republicans! Skeletor, the new Republican Governor in Florida barred the press in a paid-for inauguration. Republicans don't even try to hide that they are bought and paid for.

    January 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    I think John Kasich is frugal. Maybe he's trying to keep the costs down since everybody is broke? Bigger crowds, more press, more security, more $$$$. Does the media think there is some bif scandel going on? Maybe John Kasich is placing his hand on the Koran or something?

    January 6, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. D. Bunker

    He was probably planning to start the bidding on selling off political favors and public assets. Obviously he wouldn't want the press around to report that!

    January 6, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. John Ellis

    Would the voters of Ohio like to explain why they elected this man?

    January 6, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Cincinnatian

    How on earth did the great state of Ohio elect this loon? He already killed the interstate passenger rail system before taking office...I can only imagine the horrible damage he will do once sworn in.

    January 6, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |