Kasich meets with legislators
BALTIMORE — Four Eastern Shore Legislators met with presidential hopeful Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday, April 13 in Baltimore to discuss his campaign strategy for Maryland with the opening of early voting just hours away.
In a conference table setting of 14 legislators and members of the State Republican Party, former Gov. Bob Ehrlich began by introducing his former colleague from the House of Representatives. “We are all here for one reason, to help elect John Kasich as our next president,” said Ehrlich.
Taking part in the meeting were Sen. Steve Hershey ( R- 36- Upper Shore), Del. Adelaide Eckardt ( R37- Mid Shore), Del. Johnny Mautz ( R- 37B- Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot), and Wicomico), and Del. Mary Beth Carozza ( R- 38CWorcester/Wicomico).
“Gov. Kasich started by identifying the two major points in seeking our support and endorsement — who can win in November and who has the experience to actually be our president,” Hershey said.
“Let’s be clear, Maryland’s primary shouldn’t be a rubber stamp confirming the results of other states, it’s about planting its own flag in the nomination process and choosing a nominee that’s best for our state,” said Hershey.
Also in attendance were members of Kasich’s national campaign team including an individual focused solely on securing delegates for the Republican National Convention being held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio. “The team acknowledged the path to the Republican Nomination would not be by conventional means, however they made a strong case that there is a very foreseeable path if there is a contested multi-ballot convention,” said Hershey.
For one of the Eastern Shore legislators, it was not her first meeting with Kasich. “I am proud to support my friend, John Kasich for President,” said Carozza. “I personally know John Kasich and worked with him when he led the effort as House Budget Committee Chairman in putting America’s fiscal house back in order by balancing the federal budget for the first time since man walked on the moon.”
Carozza was referring to Kasich’s nine terms in the House of Representatives, from 1983 to 2001.
“As governor of Ohio, John Kasich has been a top job creator and has cut Ohio taxes by $ 5 billion since 2011,” continued Carozza, “John Kasich will bring that same successful focus to all of America as our President.”
Eckardt said she was very impressed with the campaign team’s organization and Kasich’s comments during the meeting. “I liked his clear and focused vision for America that is built on successes and many accomplishments while serving as governor of Ohio,” said Eckardt, “He will work for the people.”
“John Kasich is the only candidate competing for the Republican presidential nomination that has a proven record of accomplishment and success in high office,” said Mautz, “He is the most qualified candidate from either party.”
The campaign team referenced several recent nationwide polls matching up each current Republican candidate against presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and said Kasich is the only one that consistently polls higher in a head to head matchup.
“We may not see eye to eye on every issue,” said Hershey speaking about Kasich, “but there is no perfect candidate remaining. I am supporting the most conservative candidate that I believe can actually beat Hillary Clinton in November.”
Four Eastern Shore legislators, along with former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, recently met with presidential candidate John Kasich in Baltimore. Left to right are Del. Johnny Mautz, Sen. Addie Eckardt, Ehrlich, Kasich, Del. Mary Beth Carozza, and Sen. Steve Hershey.