Gov. John Kasich will be in Fairlawn (the evening of Oct. 1) to speak at a GOP fundraiser, but you won’t read what he had to say in this newspaper.
Kasich’s talk at the Summit County Republican Party’s annual finance dinner will be closed to the media, and Kasich has declined interview requests the Beacon Journal has made.
Rob Nichols, Kasich’s spokesman, said if Kasich granted the Beacon Journal’s interview request, the same courtesy would have to be extended to other media across the state. He wasn’t persuaded by the argument that the governor wouldn’t have to give interviews to everyone just because he agreed to one.
Nichols said Kasich’s talk would be the “same speech he always gives” and would focus on jobs. He said there will be plenty of time in the future to discuss the most important issues in the governor’s re-election bid next year.
The Beacon Journal often has covered speakers at Summit County GOP events, including Rick Santorum speaking at the party’s Lincoln Day dinner last February. (Santorum, who was still in the running at that point to be the Republican presidential nominee, gave the newspaper an exclusive interview.)