John Kasich is a Steelers Fan, Taunts Browns Fans (Updated)



John Kasich explaining why Ben Roethlisberger is really a good person.
  • John Kasich explaining why Ben Roethlisberger is really a good person.

Update: All you can ask for a man is to grow, to learn from past mistakes, and to constantly work toward being a better person. No matter how small the progress, it's worth noting, which is why we'd like to point out that while Ohio Governor John Kasich stuffed a Terrible Towel in his mouth back in April when he taunted Browns fans while in Northeast Ohio, he seems to have learned not to do that again.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the gov thought better than to dabble in baiting the two NFL teams that reside in Buckeye Country in an interview with C-SPAN that will air Sunday. When asked who he'd be rooting for when the Browns and Bengals square off in week one, he walked the non-offensive middle line.

"Let me avoid that: I’m an Indians fan. I like the Reds," Kasich said during the interview, which was conducted in part by Dispatch Washington bureau chief Jack Torry. "I have to tell you, I’ve been disappointed with some of the things that the Steelers did last year. I don’t want to get into this exactly what causes my disappointment. But I’ve kind of lost interest.

“I want Ohio to rise. That’s important to us. What would be better than to have the Browns and the Bengals have tremendous seasons and get them both in the playoffs? . . . I’d love to have the Indians knock off Detroit."

See, Ohio, there's hope yet.


Of course he is, and of course he did.

Listen, we don't begrudge anyone their rooting allegiances, but John Kasich is governor of Ohio, home to two proud and loyal NFL fan bases. Perhaps it would be smart to play the sports thing down the middle if you were in Kasich's position, what with all the other controversial issues and positions he's adopted in his still early stint as governor. It's the savvy political maneuver, right?

Instead, John Kasich told a crowd in Twinsburg that he's a "Pittsburgh boy" who roots for the Steelers. Oh, and then he threw in a cheap shot at Browns fans for good measure.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

Kasich, touring Cleveland Browns country yesterday - hours before the start of the draft - called himself a "Pittsburgh boy" during a speech in front of small-business leaders, elected officials and employees at a small business in Twinsburg.

When Kasich, who was born in McKees Rocks, Pa., heard a few groans from the Cleveland crowd, Ohio's governor retorted: "Yeah, yeah, well, when you win a Super Bowl, let me know."

The crowd of about 100 people mostly laughed at the governor's crack, which Kasich followed by saying, "But I love Cleveland."

John Kasich: Making BP's PR strategy look brilliant by comparison since 2011.

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