"Mr. Kasich did not interview with the political screening committee, he did not attend the conference to make himself available to our members and answer their questions in person, as Governor Strickland and every other candidate for statewide political office did. A letter was sent expressing Mr. Kasich's support of law enforcement, but that was not even signed by Mr. Kasich, it was signed by a campaign worker.
"Without the participation of Mr. Kasich, we were left to press reports to get his political platform, which includes the abolition of the Ohio Income Tax and the privatization of public employees, both issues opposed by the FOP. Also, Mr. Kasich's running mate has suggested to municipalities that they consider contracting out their law enforcement work to the Sheriff in her current role as Auditor of State."
FOP state president McDonald -- a Marion, Oh., police officer -- points out that the organization is non-partisan -- four Dems and four Republicans got its support this year. McDonald has been on the road, where he notes that Kasich is pushing policies that would devastate public safety. And McDonald said Kasich wants to privatize police and fire jobs. In Lima last week, McDonald said about Kasich:
"He has repeatedly said if you can find it in the phone book, you can privatize it. For-profit companies should not decide who goes to jail, who stays in jail, or be guarding the people in jail. For-profit prisons are a detriment to public safety."