Democrats Respond To Kasich’s ‘State Of The State’

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State democratic leaders voiced their displeasure with Gov. Kasich's State of the State address last night in Medina.

"There’s much work to be done here, and it’s unfortunate that the governor’s perception doesn’t match up with the reality for Ohioans," said House Minority Leader, Rep. Tracy Maxwell Heard.

According to the democrats, Kasich's words don't match his actions. 

Democrats also claim some of Kasich's proposals which received great applause during his speech, were originally championed by democratic leaders.

"I would also ask him to give credit where credit is due. If we’re talking about the veteran’s bill where they would be able to get credits toward their college education. That came from Senator Lou Gentile from our caucus," said Sen. Joe Schiavoni, Senate minority leader.

Heard and Schiavoni also addressed the upcoming November election.

While Kasich is currently leading in public opinion polls, Heard said she's confident in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald.

"I think most Ohioans would tell you it’s pretty much a nightmare right now. So, the governor is not helping his case at all for reelection, nor is the GOP side of the legislature," Heard said.

Caleigh Bourgeois is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau. Follow her on Twitter @caleighreports.