Kaptur attacks Kasich policies

U.S. Representative says governor neglects turnpike maintenance
Tom Jackson
May 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur attacked Gov. John Kasich’s transportation policies at Tuesday’s annual meeting of the Erie County Economic Development Corp., saying the governor is neglecting turnpike maintenance and failing to support a passenger rail.

Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, endorsed the Democratic candidate for governor, Ed FitzGerald, back in August. Kasich is a Republican seeking re-election.

A turnpike spokesman said Kaptur is offering a false picture of turnpike operations. The Ohio Republican Party accused FitzGerald of supporting wasteful spending for passenger trains.

Kaptur, brought in as the keynote speaker for ECEDC, told the several dozen attendees at Kalahari Resort’s convention center, “We need a governor who will give our region full value for the Ohio turnpike”

She told the attendees money raised by the turnpike ought to be spent on keeping it running well and implied the Kasich administration hasn’t done that.

“I have never seen the turnpike with this many potholes” she said.

Kaptur also criticized the governor for failing to support expanding passenger train service in Ohio.

“We need a governor who supports passenger rail in northern Ohio” she said.

Adam Greenslade, a spokesman for the Ohio Turnpike Commission, said communities all over Ohio have been busy trying to fill in potholes after an especially brutal winter.

“We are dealing with the same types of issues” he said.

As for turnpike maintenance, Greenslade released annual figures for capital spending on the turnpike for the past five years: 2009, $51 million; 2010, $50 million; 2011, $96 million; 2012, $89 million; 2013, $97 million; and 2014, budgeted at $101 million.

Those figures include maintenance as well as reconstruction of stretches of the toll road, Greenslade said.

Any suggestions turnpike maintenance is being neglected is “absolutely not true, as you can see from those numbers” he said.

Kasich has been governor since 2011. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, was governor in 2009 and 2010.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Republican Party is putting a different spin than Kaptur’s on the governor’s decision in 2011 to reject a $400 million grant from the Obama administration for passenger rail service to connect Cleveland to Cincinnati.

“In doing so, Kasich saved Ohio taxpayers from a $17 million-peryear bill to subsidize a train that would run slower than a 1935 New York Central train,” party spokesman Chris Schrimpf stated in a release.


Ralph J.

Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat, endorsed the Democratic candidate for governor, Ed FitzGerald, back in August. I object!


"Andy" Greenslade?
ANDY Greenslade?

Damn your reporters suck!!!


Ohhhhhhhhhh! Somebody got the word and corrected it.


Messy Krapper has done nothing her entire political "career" to improve the country. Much like Hilarity who I assume she will endorse too.


Mamma, it's time for you to get yourself educated. Marcy has done so much for Ohio during her career. A simple web search will provide a lengthy list.

Like her or not, it doesn't change the fact that Hillary has a ton of political/governing experience. By that standard alone, she would be the most qualified presidential candidate over the past 30 years. Conservatives are already at work, trying to tear down her character, simply because they're worried that she would stomp whichever stiff shirt the GOP nominates in 2016. She's already 15 points ahead of Jeb Bush in early polling.


Marcy - and you - typify the problems facing this country. She exercises no fiscal responsibility and ignores her electorate. The problem is, the 50% of the population who don't want to work and prefer living on the government dole, vote for her. They - and you - don't realize sooner or later, Marcy is going to run out of your money. As for Republicans tearing down Hillary's character - how can one destroy something that does not exist?


Name 1 accomplishment of Hillary Clinton!! You cant cause nobody can, even the lamestream media. We all know she didn't answer the 3am phone call when it came.


From ABC News, seems Hillary is telling lies!

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is facing fire for claiming credit for tough sanctions on Iran, something her State Department once opposed.

“I worked for months to round up the votes [in the United Nations Security Council],” Clinton said Wednesday speaking to the American Jewish Committee in Washington. “In the end we were successful … and then building on the framework established by the Security Council, with the help of Congress, the Obama administration imposed some of the most stringent, crippling sanctions on top of the international ones.”

“We went after Iran’s oil industry, banks, and weapons programs, enlisted insurance firms, shipping lines, energy companies, financial institutions and others to cut Iran off from global commerce,” she continued. “Most of all, I made it my personal mission to convince the consumers of Iran’s oil to diversify their supplies and buy less from Iran.”

But as ABC News reported that in 2012, the Obama administration openly opposed the increased Iran sanctions bill by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

At the time, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told Foreign Policy magazine: “As we focus with our partners on effectively implementing these efforts, we believe additional authorities now threaten to undercut these efforts.”

“Secretary Clinton’s comments are a blatant revision of history,” Kirk told ABC. “The fact is the Obama administration has opposed sanctions against Iran led by Senator Menendez and me every step of the way.”

The Obama administration is currently engaged in talks with the Iranian government over its nuclear program. Other administration officials have said that it was the tough sanctions that helped bring Iran to the negotiating table.

For Clinton, considered the frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the critique on Iran policy ties into a longstanding criticism of vacillating on controversial issues.

The Daily Beast reported that “her own State Department—in conjunction with the rest of the Obama administration—often worked hard against many of the measures she’s now championing.”

Congress passed a number of sanctions bills between 2009 and 2011, some of which the administration sought to tweak.

Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman publicly expressed “strong opposition” to the Menendez-Kirk bill, arguing that it would upset allies by exposing them to penalties if they don’t cut their Iranian oil imports, the Daily Beast reported.

Top Clinton deputy Bill Burns personally urged senators in a meeting to drop the matter, but he wasn’t persuasive: The Senate ultimately passed the sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank 100-0.

Sen. Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it was Congress, not the administration that pushed the tough sanctions.

“I take comments from administration officials saying they were so involved in this as a compliment. It was Congress who pushed this on a bipartisan basis,” Corker said, according to the Daily Beast. “Let’s face it. You saw the public pushback from the administration. People can say what they wish, but there’s no way we would be where are today without Congress’s actions.”

(H/T: ABC News)

Dinghy Gal

Kaptur needs to to look at herself first. Kasich, though not perfect has done a good job for Ohio.
My reaction to her comments is rejection.
It's time to go home Marcy!


Nah, it's Kasich who needs to go home. His tax cuts at the state level have cut funding for necessary services, including education, repairs to infrastructure. This merely shifted the tax burden to the local level. My local school district, due to loss of state funding, was forced to put a new levy, just for basic operations. Result: I will be paying $1000 additional per year, out of pocket.

Wake up folks. Kasich is toxic for Ohio. Across America, unemployment is down and job creation is up, but in Ohio, the results have been far behind almost all other states. We can do better.


You lend credence to the expression, "a little bit of knowledge is dangerous."


"Andy" Greenslade?

"ANDY" Greenslade?

Well, once again, SR credibility just took the express train to hell.

Darwin's choice

More from the puppet prop!
Every school district in Ohio has had a loss of funding, the economy is crapped out, thanks to obama's failure, and those "shovel ready" non existant jobs, yet you blame Kasich, and give the obama administration a free pass?

Worthless troll!!!


I'm calling BS on your additional $1,000 yr in RE taxes unless you live in a million dollar home. Tell me which levy did this.

As far as Kaptur goes, the turnpike is constantly under construction with it now being 3 lanes almost border to border. A railway is a waste of money. It would take longer to use it than it would to drive.


Guess u dems should have not repealed SB5 then huh. All those things you listed would have been addressed, but oh well you on the left have not been know to be all that smart.


well you on the left HAVE been knowN to be smart enough to know the REAL NAME of "Andy" Greenslade.

Credibility gone!!!


As a Democrat you should rejoice in your chance to pay your fair share. Besides that if you graduated from your local school district they needed cut because they obviously are producing idiots.


But. But. "Andy" Greenslade's mom has been on his school board 24 years.

Maybe if Tom Jackson lived in Erie County - or somewhere closer than Cuyahoga County - he'd be able to fact-check "Andy" Greenslade's real name.


The only thing "toxic" is coasterfans daily bashing of anyone that thinks differently than him. If he thinks Fitzgerald is the answer, then he will need to tell us what he has done in his district that is so great. I too do not believe the $1000 additional out of pocket B.S. If Kasich was a democrat he would be pounding his chest in pride.


Marcy is a career politcian and democrat so her trashing Kasich is no surprise. What has she done for Ohio?


It's amazing that people don't know what Marcy has done for Ohio over her career. The information isn't a secret. Here's a short list:

Darwin's choice

It's time for worthless Marcy to retire.


I could say the same for the routinely misinformed and careless Tom Jackson
"Andy" Greenslade.
Rhonda Damschroder "candidate for the US House"

Tom, go home. Your river's on fire!!


If I were a congressman I could give you anything you wanted until I ran out of your money. Unfortunately I cannot get anything I want as I need to have my money to buy it.

I do think that Ted Strickland left John Kasich a 8billion dollar short fall in the budget that John had to overcome he would either have to increase taxes or make some cuts. As I have said previously I have never seen any "CREDITABLE" facts advising that more money provides a better education. When I was in school this country was at the top in education and I think now we rank 23rd or 24th although many of the countries that have passed us spend much less for education.

The more we are responsible for at the local level the better off we are as if we send $1.00 to the federal government we will receive only 65-70% back as the federal government would take a percent for their own use like a while back the SR reported that a Government department head has a $30,000 portrait of her self to hang on the department wall and I read where we are paying $500,000 for a white fiberglass camel to place in front of one of our middle east embassies and taxes were meant to provide the health and welfare of the people and neither one of the two examples do not seem to better my health and welfare.

The tax waste is a result of both Democrats and Republicans


I was extremely impressed by the long list of bills she wrote and got passed into laws, and then on top of all the laws she authored, the amount of bills she sponsored or co-sponsored was amazing!! I am surprised they fit them on one page, after all she has been in Congress for 15 terms and is the most senior woman in Congress and chairs so many large committee's that I don't know how she finds the time to write and pass all the bills she does. She is dman near a super woman to do so much. Truly a female democrat superstar.

Sarcasm off.


So would I need to drive to Toledo or Cleveland to catch a train to Toledo or Cleveland? This train thing to all Obos dream, who is going to ride it and to where? Would my one hour commute become a three hour commute? I now drive to Chicago because it is faster than flying because of security and flight schedules.

As for the Ohio Turnpike, they are doing just fine, I use it every day and see no major problems other than pesky deer!


She was out there drumming up support across the country for low speed rail!


The only way some people can build themselves up is to tear other people down.


Or use the wrong name when quoting a Turnpike official.


Rep. Kaptur: “I have never seen the turnpike with this many potholes”

Ya think that WINTER mighta had something to do with it? Duh.

What are you doin' about fixing the lousy unemployment rate in Ottawa Co.? Bring more of that DC pork on home.