Ohio’s right-wing governor, John Kasich, was trashed by Ohio voters yesterday as his anti-union proposal was soundly rejected by the voters. Issue 2 would have restricted bargaining rights of Ohio’s teachers, firefighters, police and other public employees. Governor Kasich, funded by outside interests, appeared in many TV spots before the election urging voters to support his proposal. Voters rejected both him and the proposal 61% to 39%.
Kasich and his fellow right-wing governors, especially Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, brought a hidden right-wing agenda to their statehouse governments, but the voters have fought back. Too bad that these same voters failed to show up at the polls in 2010. Nonetheless, the massive rejection of workers’ rights yesterday in Ohio might indicate that The People are finally catching on to the draconian policies of the right-wing. Had Kasich been successful, there is no doubt that his fellow right-wing governors would have been encouraged to do the same to the workers in their states. Luckily, The People woke up. They woke up through the phone calls, literature dropped-off at their doors, and the conversations they had on their porches with volunteers who rang their doorbells. That’s how it was done!