How Kasich is balancing campaign and state duties

Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Aug., 2015
FILE - Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Governor Kasich is spending a lot of time these days in states other than the one he was elected to lead.

When he first announced his run for the White House we asked the question, “How do you run for president while running a state?”  We were told it’s a lot of balancing.  It’s been over a month so we decided to follow-up to see how well it’s working.

Governor Kasich’s campaign and the governor’s office is quick to tell you, the governor is still doing his job for the State of Ohio.

2 NEWS Investigates asked for the number of days Governor Kasich has spent in the state since his announcement and how he was balancing both jobs.

We were told the days away couldn’t be calculated but the how is simple. Technology.

Governor Kasich’s campaign spokesperson, Rob Nichols tells us in part, John Kasich has never been the kind of governor to sit in his office all day and he typically travels as governor.

He said the staff has learned quickly how to manage the travel so he can govern from the road.

The governor himself was asked about his long hours spent outside the state while campaigning in New Hampshire this week.

“They have these new contraptions.  They are actually called cell phones and we are in constant communication. I know what’s happening, my staff calls. I talk to them,” said Kasich.

I did speak with a former lawmaker about the situation.  He tells me the governor’s run is a good thing for the state, since Ohio’s name and message is getting out to the rest of the country.

I also asked the Governor’s office about using Ohio State Patrol officers as Kasich’s security while traveling for his campaign, since tax dollars pay their salary. His office refused to answer any questions about it citing security reasons.

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