John Kasich Bars Media From Inauguration (Updated)

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Update: Kasich, who just recently was talking about his pledge for transparency in government, has changed his mind and decided to let media cover his swearing-in next Monday. Probably has nothing to do with all the bad press he got today. Nothing at all.

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The ceremonial inauguration of John Kasich as Governor of Ohio will take place next Monday in Columbus.

The actual inauguration, however, takes place earlier in the day at 12:01 a.m.

For the first time in a very long time, no media will be present to watch the proceedings because... well... there's really no good reason, except perhaps to add credence to critics' concerns that Kasich is a shady secretive, backroom politician who will take every opportunity to deny the public information and access.

He's off to a hell of a start if that's his goal.

The AP reports:

Republican Gov.-elect John Kasich has closed the 12:01 a.m. event to the news media, an act unprecedented in modern state history. He cites security concerns for his family at his personal residence, where he is to be sworn in by Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor. A ceremonial inauguration is scheduled in downtown Columbus later that day.

The decision is escalating criticism of the former congressman and Wall Street banker over positions he's taken on access to public information, events and documents since his election Nov. 2.

So Kasich is scared that an assassin will pose as a member of the media to infiltrate the 12:01 a.m. inauguration to hurt his family? Really, John? That's what you're going with?

Why not be honest and just say you want to be inaugurated bare-chested and wearing only leopard-print boxers?

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