John Kasich Paid $50,000/yr to Speak to Students
Following in the tradition of unfortunate Taft/Voinovich Republican dirtbags like Curt Steiner and Brian Hicks, John Kasich used his connections to The Ohio State University and cashed in.
And principled conservatives at the Buckeye Institute take a stand against this nonsense:
As a candidate for governor, Republican John Kasich has called on colleges and universities to cut costs and force professors to teach more courses.
Yet for seven years Kasich served as a “presidential fellow” at his alma mater, Ohio State University, in a role that paid him the equivalent of about $4,000 per campus visit.
“It sounds like a perk program for a politician that we can’t afford,” said Matt Mayer of the Buckeye Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank that has posted government salaries in an online database.
Rob Nichols, Kasich’s campaign spokesman, said: “John was paid in alignment with what OSU thought his teaching was worth. They thought his work there was valuable — they kept asking him back.”
The job was among the many hats Kasich wore in the years after he left Congress in 2000. Although other politicians, including Republican Senate candidate Rob Portman, have taught courses at OSU for no cost, Kasich’s role paid him $50,000 a year.
While attending classes at OSU, I was required to hear John Kasich speak twice, as our grade was affected by our attendance. They weren’t particularly memorable occasions.
I don’t mind former members of congress supplementing their income on the lecture circuit. And Kasich voted consistently against pel grants and other federal programs which, according to the extensive work of OU economics professor Richard Vedder, are the reasons why tuition at all universities continue to skyrocket.
But the optics of taking so much money from a state school, especially in this economy, is indefensible.