John Kasich Blocks His Critics On Facebook Before Possible Senate Run

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Ohio Governor John Kasich blocked seven of his critics on Facebook immediately after one of them put forth evidence that Kasich is considering a run for the United States Senate in 2018.

The NeverTrump governor is currently on a national book tour, selling an anti-Trump title called “Two Paths,” which insiders in Ohio say is an excuse to set himself up to run for Sherrod Brown’s Senate seat in 2018 and better position himself for another presidential campaign.

“On Sunday night of last week, I posted a couple paragraphs if you want to call it that, of just some theories I had that Kasich is going to run for Senate,” former Hamilton County, Ohio Trump campaign chairwoman Linda Caudill told Big League Politics. Caudill said that Trump’s Ohio campaign manager Rob Scott also told her Friday night at a Lincoln-Reagan dinner that he thinks Kasich is going to run for the soon-to-be-vacant seat against Republican Treasurer Josh Mandel.

“There’s a lot of evidence…He never took his campaign Facebook down. John Weaver, who is his presidential campaign manager, is still on payroll and still working for him. He has this book out, and he’s basically campaigning. The book is all anti-Trump stuff,” Caudill said. “He could make life really tough for Trump. He could muck things up in the Senate for him and could screw things up in Ohio” with fellow establishment Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Caudill posted the theories on Kasich’s Facebook page.

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“The next morning, all of us got blocked,” Caudill said.

Kasich blocked seven of his top citizen critics, who coordinate with each other on Facebook to promote unflattering information about Kasich’s professional past at Lehman Brothers and elsewhere. Kasich blocked: Linda Caudill, Jimmy Cardone, Paul Barrett, Mike Pignatello, Jay Dute, Brian Boyer, and Izz Bogart.

“The reason why I think he blocked us is because if it gets out that he’s running for Senate then the media and everyone else can start bringing out all this negative stuff. I’m the only one who’s been putting it out there. I don’t think he wants that coming out yet. He wants to be selling his book on his Mr. Nice Guy thing right now,” Caudill said.

Caudill said that some of her Facebook posts have focused on the details of Kasich’s career as an executive at Lehman Brothers, where he collected a bonus in 2008, the year the firm famously went bankrupt right before the presidential election during the financial collapse.

As this reporter covered, Kasich used the state party to shut down the Trump ground game during the general election against Hillary Clinton, forcing the Trump campaign to officially split off from the state party just as the “Access Hollywood” scandal — which was promoted by establishment Republicans — dominated the race. Tea party activists and pro-Trump volunteers were forced to band together to win the election in Ohio without the help of Kasich’s state party. It was an uphill battle on a shoestring budget, and it eventually paid off with a solid Trump victory.

Pro-Trump activists recently protested NeverTrump figure Bill Kristol’s appearance at a fundraiser for Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Republican Party, holding Trump signs in the rain as Kristol spoke to the $300-a-plate crowd. The division between Trump-supporting Deplorables and the Kasich machine remains as intense as ever.

“The party brought in [Ken] Adelman,” Caudill said. “Kristol came in. They brought in George Will a few months ago. Six months ago they brought in George Bush. They are trying to build up Kasich’s Republican NeverTrumper base for him, that’s the only Republican base he has. The other Republican people are all in the Trump camp. They don’t want anything to do with Kasich.” has been purchased by anti-Kasich trolls, and the homepage currently features a Gif of libertarian TV character Ron Swanson throwing cold water on Kasich’s potential bid:


The top five-star review for Kasich’s book on Amazon, by reviewer Mark Jordan, reads: “Ironic that the Trump troops, sent by the Free Republic, writing negative reviews in an effort to drive down this book’s rating, prove one of the Kasich’s primary points, America is divided. People on both sides find it almost impossible to have a civilized discussion and are incapable of finding common ground for the good of the country. All of the negative reviews by people who have not purchased or read the book are exhibit #1 of the country we have become. Thank you, Governor Kasich, for a thoughtful contribution that hopefully will give some people hope. An excellent read.”

Kasich’s gubernatorial office did not return a request for comment for this report.


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  1. Don’t forget that Kasich got his job as a high-level partner at Lehman Bros with ZERO financial experience and a career EXCLUSIVELY in legislative cronyism (he was an admin assistant and then ran directly for office).

    His nice-guy image is a total fraud. Anyone remember him berating the cop who pulled him over for reckless driving? (ALL caught on camera.)

  2. Ohio CAN do better than Kasich. I will NOT vote for him. Remember SB5, and how he punished the People of Ohio for DARING to disagree and remove his unfair law. Remember how he would not do the right thing and drop out of the Presidential race when he had NO chance, but continued to use Ohio Taxpayer money to keep running and stuffing his mouth with food. I am so glad he cannot run for Governor again! Keep him OUT of the Senate, he only wants to create havoc for President Trump, NOT serve the People of Ohio. Don’t let him use us as a stepping stone for another FAILED run at the Presidency. Yes, his nice guy image is a fraud. He does NOT like Police Officers. He called them Idiots for doing their job.

  3. Haha as a Kasich supporter I can say the trolls listed are classless liars who insult and defame with zero evidence. It’s about time the Kasich team actually patrol their social media since other pages do exactly the same thing. I recognize all these trolls from their insulting and over the top posts on the Governors page. 1 name in particular Linda Caudil, I am shocked she actually has a role with responsibility in the Hamilton Co. GOP. It’s truly sad such a nut could get reigns of power and act as she has in public forums. And anyone with half a brain could figure out these trolls have been coordinating their lies, I guess that explains why all of them combined don’t have the brains to figure out they aren’t honest. This article got one thing right though, they are deplorable.

  4. “The book is all anti-Trump stuff,” Caudill said.

    “The reason why I think he blocked us is because if it gets out that he’s running for Senate then the media and everyone else can start bringing out all this negative stuff.”


  5. Maybe Governor Kasich finally blocked these people after months of baseless lies and abuse towards anyone who posted on his page? Just to give a recent example: one of these people listed above had the audacity to ridicule a post made by a man of Asian ethnicity. If his personal racism weren’t bad enough by itself, most of the others listed above hopped on and joined in. I personally called them out saying that they had all sunk to new lows with this. The response I received ? “Oh, it’s all in good fun!” I personally dont think being racist is good fun. I am glad to see these people gone.

  6. That Paul Barrett is actually an owner operator of a doomsday survival company. I blocked him last fall after he threatened me and Facebook did nothing. As much a low life as can be.

    Jay Dute posed himself as a retired high ranking military veteran and was proven to be guilty of stolen honor.

    These are the kinds of scum that spend their time trying to run down the Governor. What they say means nothing because they have proven they are nothing.