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Monday, June 21, 2010

Ohio GOP Candidate for Governor Will Not Beg LeBron to Stay

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Happy with or without LeBron.
  • Happy with or without LeBron.

Politicians across the country have joined the masses in pleading for LeBron James to go to one city or another. Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson got into it, as did Akron mayor Don Plusquellic. Governor Ted Strickland lent his voice to the "We Are LeBron" video and song. Mayor Bloomberg in New York has a whole King-oriented campaign, and we all know President Obama has weighed in.

Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate John Kasich will be having none of that, however. He will not beg, he will not plead, he will not make a video.

Kasich was recently interviewed on the Fox Radio Network and Alan Colmes asked him if he'd speak out on behalf of Ohio for the Chosen One.


"I'm not singing in any chorus for LeBron James," Kasich said.

Colmes: "You're not?"

Kasich: "No, I'm not. Look, he's a great basketball player, he's a great guy. There's a lot of great people in Ohio."

Prior to that Colmes asked Kasich if he were governor, what he would do to help persuade James to stay in Ohio.

"Alan, we've lost 400,000 jobs out here and the last guy I worry about is LeBron James. You know I mean, we all hope he'll stay in Cleveland. We think we've got a great guy there that can turn everything around, but we got some serious problems," Kasich said.

Raise your hand if you thought John Kasich would be the voice of reason in the LeBron free agency storm of 2010. Yeah, me neither.

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