As Kasich Pushes Job Wins, Fitzgerald Campaign Pushes Back

By
Lewis Wallace - WYSO/Ohio Public Radio


Updated Fri, May 16, 2014 10:22 am
Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, of Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is pushing two pieces of good job news: Procter and Gamble is opening a distribution warehouse near the Dayton airport, and the Fuyao auto glass company is taking over a large part of the old GM plant in Moraine.

"You know when I think about 800 jobs at Fuyao, I think about 800 plus jobs today at P and G," Kasich said. "I think about 1600 families that are gonna do better, I mean isn’t that cool? That’s as good as it gets."

But the campaign for Kasich’s opponent, Democrat Ed FitzGerald, issued a response to the Dayton event, saying the city’s job growth has sputtered since Kasich took office.

"The reality in Dayton is not what Governor Kasich would like us all to believe that it is," said Lauren Hitt, who's with the FitzGerald campaign. "People in that community have been struggling for years."

Unemployment in Ohio is way down from 2010, but tens of thousands have also left the workforce.

New state unemployment numbers came out Friday, and Ohio's number fell to 5.7 percent, its lowest in six years.

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