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Kasich team botches up MLK tribute

By admin Published: January 19, 2011

By Reginald Fields
The Plain Dealer

COLUMBUS: Monday was a holiday, just not the one Gov. John Kasich's staff had on its mind.

The Republican governor issued a resolution on Monday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., except instead of recognizing the slain black civil rights leader on Jan. 17, 2011, Kasich signed a document that recognized him on March 17, 2011 — St. Patrick's Day, a holiday devoted to the life of an Irish apostle.

The mistake was first noted by the left-leaning website Plunderbund. A Kasich spokesman acknowledged the
error and said it has been fixed.

''It was out there for a time before being corrected,'' Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said.

Kasich's staff sent an e-mail to the media Monday with a link to the resolution. The electronic resolution now has the correct date.

The governor was criticized last week by state minority leaders when the Plain Dealer reported that every Cabinet member Kasich had picked so far has been white.

To date, Kasich has hired 22 people for his Cabinet, including five women. The governor likened the pursuit of diversity to chasing quotas.

''I don't look at things from the standpoint of any of these sort of metrics that people tend to focus on, race or age or any of those things,'' the governor told the Plain Dealer on Wednesday. ''It's not the way I look at those things. I want the best possible team I can get, and hopefully we will be in a position that we are fully diverse as we go forward.

''But I can't say I need to find somebody to fit this metric, not when I am trying to get a state that is in deep trouble out of trouble,'' he said.

On Friday, the Cleveland Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference rescinded its offer for Kasich to send a representative to its 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Gala and refused a proclamation the governor had offered after members read the governor's comments in the Plain Dealer.

The group also said it was offended that the governor had declined to personally appear at the gala even though he was in Cleveland that same day.



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