Hiram College professor Jason Johnson was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the political impact of Senate Bill 5 on the political fortunes of Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Democratic Party:
Jason Johnson, a political science professor at Hiram College, said he believes it is likely the Democratic momentum will carry over into next year’s election.
“It’s almost like the Democrats have secret operatives inside the Republican Party to make them do what they are doing,” Johnson said. “It’s amazing to me – how could all of these Republican governors around the country, including Kasich, blow so much political capital in just three months?”
In Ohio, Johnson said, the Republicans have, with Senate Bill 5, fired up organized labor – an important part of the Democratic base – and gained public sympathy for unions, particularly those which represent police officers, firefighters and teachers.
“The Republicans have been able to in a few months what the Democratic Party hasn’t been able to do in 30 years – galvanize the labor movement,” Johnson said. “I don’t think that is going away.”
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