These days, it’s all about finding smarter ways to do business. In the interest of this, I’ve put together a time-saving “story template” for myself and my media colleagues that may come in handy over the next four years:
COLUMBUS Gov. John Kasich has again landed in hot water after a new video surfaced that shows him calling a critic of his administration a “____” and a “_____.”
Kasich was addressing a meeting of _____ at _____ when he remarked that “_____ doesn’t know his _____ from a bottle of Yoo-hoo.”
“Have you ever met a guy who was both a ____ and a____?” he said with a laugh. “People like him are why this state is in such a mess. I mean, what kind of _____ would say something like that?”
Kasich also defended his policies, saying: “Taxpayers want action. They sent us here to make the hard decisions, not to be a bunch of _____.”
Someone asked Kasich to address media criticism about his blunt style.
“Ohioans elected me to fix this state, not to make friends with reporters, who sometimes act like a bunch of _____,” he replied. “I come from Wall Street, where there’s no place for people who are _____.
“Look, you have to break eggs to make omelets. Besides, who reads newspapers?”
The latest object of Kasich’s derision, _____, said the governor seems to have little tolerance for anyone who expresses a different point of view.
“His astrological sign must be a skid mark,” he said.
Earlier this week, Kasich had a private lunch with a contingent of _____, but reports say the meeting ended abruptly when a food fight broke out.
Neither side would confirm or deny the incident, which also reportedly included some pushing and shoving between the governor and _____.
It’s the latest in a series of incidents in which Kasich’s combative style has gotten more attention than his work as governor.
As governor-elect, Kasich was forced to back off plans to bar the media from his swearing-in. Weeks later, he had to apologize for insulting a group of minority legislators, and again for calling a police officer who issued him a citation back in 2008 an “idiot.”
A spokesmodel from Kasich’s office explained that the governor simply is passionate about getting Ohio “back on track.”
“The governor’s goal is not to inflict personal attacks on people who may disagree with him,” she said. “It’s all about making Ohio a serious competitor for ____ and economic _____.”
The governor later apologized for calling ____ a “______” but not for calling him a “_____.”
“Because that’s what he is,” Kasich said.