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Gov. Kasich Remains Mum on the RNC as He Marches in His Hometown Parade

Kasich in Westerville parade
KASLER
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Politicians spent the Independence Day holiday marching in parades around the state – and planning ahead for their upcoming conventions.  

Gov. John Kasich would not comment before he and his family headed the parade in his hometown of Westerville. But Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo, an alternate Kasich delegate, said from his parade car he still can’t endorse the likely Republican nominee.

"I think that it’s still true for my part that those concerns exist, and while I’m not supportive of Donald Trump, I am in full support of other Republicans on the ballot.”

Clarence Mingo in Westerville Parade
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU
Mingo says that Kasich is still undecided when it comes to endorsing Donald Trump.

Mingo specifically mentioned U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who has said he supports Trump. Kasich has repeatedly declined to endorse Trump in the few interviews he’s granted since he became the last alternative to Trump to leave the Republican presidential race in May.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.