Ohio governor's trash talk puts Ind. in spotlight
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks Cincinnati is a "cool, happening place." Indiana? Apparently, not so much, at least according to the shot he took at his neighbor to the west last week.
"This is not Indiana where you go to Indianapolis . and then say, 'Where else are we going to go? Gary?'" he told a crowd of Ohio Republicans while deflecting criticism about his choice to expand Medicaid.
Trash talk isn't just something found in sports. Taking a dig at neighboring states is a time-honored political tradition around the nation.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley spent the 2012 campaign season blasting Republicans as the head of the Democratic Governors Association while Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell dished it right back as the head of the Republican Governors Association. They both found room in the national spotlight to poke at each other, with O'Malley knocking McDonnell for seeking transvaginal ultrasound legislation and McDonnell firing back on O'Malley's many tax hikes.
Those grenades sailed north and south across the Potomac River, but when it comes to gubernatorial knocks in the Heartland, they seem to start east and hit west.
Kasich's dig last week wasn't the first time he has questioned how "cool" or "happening" Indiana is. And former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels had plenty of fun ripping on Illinois during his eight years in the Indiana Statehouse.
Shortly after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to prison for attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, Daniels joked that officials should build an "Illinois Governors' Wing" at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was already serving a 6 ½-year sentence.
And when Illinois lawmakers approved a corporate tax hike in 2011, Daniels went on a conservative Chicago radio show and said that living next to Illinois "is like living next door to 'The Simpsons,' you know, the dysfunctional family down the block."