COLUMBUS, Ohio – At first, Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper hated Gov. John Kasich, then he wasn’t so bad.
Now, he’s back on the do-not-like list.
The most recent flip-flop comes after Kasich cracked a joke about teachers lounges this week that rubbed Cropper the wrong way, Cincinnati.com reports.
At an education summit with other presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire Wednesday, Kasich drew laughs from the crowd when he said “If I were not president, but if I was King of America, I would abolish all teacher’s lounges, where they sit together and worry about ‘woe is us,’” according to CNN.
Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols later clarified the governor’s comments.
“He thinks teachers have far more support in their communities than they sometimes give themselves credit for and they shouldn’t pay attention to the small number of pot-stirrers in their ranks who try to leverage problems for political gain,” Nichols said in a statement.
“Anyone thinking he was making a comment on buildings or school architecture or space usage might want to look up the word ‘metaphor’ in a dictionary.”
In an advance article on the New Hampshire education summit, the Columbus Dispatch quoted Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper praising the governor she once blamed for massive teacher layoffs across the state.
Cropper said she supports Hillary Clinton for president, but “if we’re going to have a Republican as president, I’d rather it be John Kasich,” she said.
“Three years ago, I had no…