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Pot, kettle

March 2, 2011
Morning Journal News

So much for the plea for civility in politics issued by President Obama after the January shootings in Tucson.

Apparently, state Sen. Jason Wilson, D-Columbiana, didn't get the memo, or he's decided that enough time has passed that it's OK to start throwing political stones again.

While speaking last week in Wellsville, Wilson took several opportunities to "snipe" at Gov. John Kasich.

First, Wilson told a group he invited the new governor to tour his district to "educate" him about the needs of Ohio River communities.

Because Kasich "lives in Upper Arlington; to him 'brownfield' means someone put too much fertilizer on the ground. We have to educate him about our area," Wilson said.

The implication was clear: Kasich is just another rich Republican (Upper Arlington) out of touch with average Americans.

For starters, Kasich (22 years combined service in Congress and state legislature) has been in government a lot longer than Wilson, who was elected in 2006, so the chances are good Kasich is familiar with brownfields, the term for abandoned industrial sites that are considered for redevelopment.

Also, Kasich lives in Genoa Township, just outside Westerville, not Upper Arlington.

As for Kasich being the stereotypical country-club Republican, he grew up in McKees Rocks, a blue-collar section of Pittsburgh, where his father was a mailman. And McKees Rocks is on the Ohio River, the same river that runs through Wilson's district.

Wilson, by contrast, is the son of a wealthy businessman, and when he decided to relocate to Columbiana County he didn't choose East Liverpool or Wellsville, he moved to Columbiana, which many consider to be the Upper Arlington of Columbiana County.

If Wilson is trying to influence the governor for the betterment of his district, insulting him sure seems to be a strange way of going about it. And, we suggest that before he throws stones next time, he should take a long look in the mirror and make sure he has his facts straight.

 
 

 

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