Kasich first class rudeness on display: Darcy cartoon

February 1, 2019

Kasich first class rudeness on display: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- During his 2016 presidential campaign, former Governor John Kasich dubbed himself “The Prince of Light and Hope.”   But in comedian Julie Klausner’s account of him taking her first class flight seat, and in Chris Christie’s new book, Kasich just comes off as the first class jerk that he’s long privately had the reputation of being in political circles.

Cleveland.com’s Seth Richardson has reported on Klausner describing on her podcast how Kasich took her Alaskan Airline first class seat after failing to win the president’s seat on Air Force One.

According to Klausner’s account, she first witnessed Kasich, who she didn’t recognize, in the airline’s lounge, boasting loudly on his cellphone about his deal to become a CNN contributor.   

When Klausner boarded the plane she saw the man who caught her attention bragging loudly on his cell phone now sitting in her assigned seat. 

Instead of confronting Kasich, Klausner learned from the flight attendants and boarding agents that Kasich had been bumped from his seat by an Alaskan Airline pilot.  Kasich was reassigned a downgraded seat, but instead took Klausner’s.

When Klausner heard from the attendants that Kasich had been difficult to deal with she opted to take up Alaskan Airlines offer to take the next flight to diffuse the situation.

Alaskan Airlines has not refuted the account Klausner gave in her podcast. 

“We’re very appreciative to Ms. Klausner for helping diffuse an awkward situation by voluntarily giving up her seat. We made sure to take care of her on another flight,” said an Alaskan Airline spokesperson.

Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf  said the former Governor was “sorry someone lost a seat” as the result of “chaos” and “confusion.”

“There was confusion about seating, the airline had given a pilot the Governor’s seat and then chaos ensued,” said Schrimpf.

Actually, just Kasich rudeness and hypocrisy ensued.

Klausner ended up taking the high road that self-righteous, holier-than-thou Kasich preached should be taken on the campaign trail.  But when flying the friendly skies, Kasich just rudely took someone else’s seat.

Kasich channels God to Christie.

Chris Christie wouldn’t be surprised by the Kasich seat stealing story.  In his new book, Christie recounts a conversation he had with Kasich after Christie finished fourth in the New Hampshire primary and Kasich came in second.

“He asked how I was doing. I told him, okay, considering. “You know what happened to you, don’t you Chris?” he said.

I told him I didn’t.

“God wanted you to play right field, and you insisted on playing shortstop.  No matter how many times God told you to play right field, you insisted on playing shortstop. And last night, you went out to shortstop, and the ball went through your legs.”

Right there, I understood why so many people in politics despised John Kasich...

“And Joh,” I asked, “what does God have in mind for you?”

He didn’t hesitate. “I think you’re going to see that very clearly over the next couple of months.”

What we see clearly now is that apparently Kasich thinks God wanted him to become a CNN contributor and take a woman’s first class seat instead of a downgraded one.

Kasich berated Columbus officer in 2008.

Before the Klausner-Kasich seatgate story went viral, the most public display of Kasich rudeness was when he berated a police officer who justifiably ticketed him.

In 2008, when Kasich was working for Lehman Brothers, he was ticketed in Columbus for failing to move into the left lane when passing another police traffic stop.

When recounting the incident in a 2011 speech, then-Governor Kasich called the officer who ticketed him an “idiot” three different times.

Video of the Kasich traffic stop showed the $85 ticket was justified and that the officer, Robert Barrett was by the book and respectful the entire time.

Kasich prickly personality rep pre-dates presidential run

Kasich’s penchant for being rude and a jerk had long been known by political insiders, in contrast to the persona he displayed when campaigning.

In a July 3, 2015 column, former Plain Dealer Editorial Page Director Brent Larkin wrote: 

″...as Kasich prepares to run for president, expect more people to suggest in public what many who know him have have been whispering in private for years.  Indelicate though it may be, it’s a question worth asking.

Is John Kasich too big a jerk to be president?

Some in the national media have already raised the issue, with various degrees of sensitivity. The list includes Politico, the National Journal and NBC News.

From a Feb.12, 2016 Larkin column:

“Kasich’s lousy personality belies a first-rate political mind.  He can be rude, condescending, narcissistic and messianic.  And he often seems burdened with the patience and attention span of an infant.”

Larkin could be describing Trump’s personality in that quote.

Trump should be glad John Acosta is CNN’s White House correspondent instead of Kasich.

Kasich needs to practice more what the “Prince of Light and Hope” preached on the 2016 presidential campaign trail.   


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