In his first days in office, Ohio Gov.
John Kasich will face tough questions about how he will use the power he inherited from former President Donald Trump to tackle opioid addiction and his record on other issues.
It is a daunting task, and it will require an experienced and savvy governor, but it is a tall order for someone who has never held elected office.
While he will have to navigate a crowded Republican field, Kasich is a formidable candidate, said John Zogby, a former Kasich aide and a professor at Ohio State University.
“Kasich has a long record of governing,” Zogid said.
“He knows how to run an effective state, he knows how not to, and he knows the rules.
He knows how a president is elected, how a legislature is elected and how governors and state legislators are elected.”
Kasich will have the support of the GOP establishment and a conservative wing of the party, but he will also have to contend with some of the same challenges that he has faced during his eight years in office.
John Kitzhaber, John Kasich, Mary Taylor and Bob Taft have not had a popular governor.
Trump’s nomination of former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush to replace him in 2020 raised concerns about whether Kasich’s leadership skills could be transferred to a more conservative administration, especially if he fails to deliver on his pledge to reform Medicaid and tackle the opioid crisis.
Kasich has not been shy about criticizing Trump and other Republicans for their rhetoric on immigration and immigration enforcement, and his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement could have significant political ramifications for the country.
Kasich said he would take a hard line on immigration reform and other issues but that he would not rule out using executive authority to push for policies that help those in need.
He also made clear that he was not ready to leave office with the state struggling under unprecedented budget cuts.
“We will get through this,” he said during a news conference.
“This is the most important challenge we face in our nation.
We will move forward.
And we will get our house in order.”
Kasich is also expected to face intense scrutiny from the left on key issues, including his role in overseeing a controversial state-run drug treatment program.
Kasich’s decision to take over the program is likely to further damage his reputation with liberals, and some Republicans fear he will allow a Republican governor to take the reins on a program that has been a major priority for Kasich and his family.
In the past, Kasich has been reluctant to take on a controversial issue, and that has prompted criticism from some conservatives.
The Republican Party has criticized Kasich’s handling of the drug crisis in Ohio, which has killed more than 500 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of residents.
In his announcement speech, Kasich said the state would be “more prepared” to handle the opioid epidemic in the coming years.
“Ohio will be more prepared,” he wrote.
“And we will be ready to take a bold and proactive approach to the crisis.”
Kasich’s administration has faced criticism from conservatives for failing to enact reforms to reduce opioid addiction, including mandatory treatment for drug users.
The administration has also faced criticism for failing in its goal to reduce the state’s budget deficit.
The state budget has fallen by nearly $1 billion since Kasich took office.
Kasich is expected to make changes to the budget that would reduce the cost of Medicaid, which covers about 2.5 million people.
The governor also has said he wants to slash funding for the state education system.
Ohio is one of two states that does not offer public schools, meaning students are unable to attend private schools, which Kasich says could lead to a reduction in state revenue.
Kasich will also face criticism for signing a law that requires employers to provide health insurance to employees.
“People who get health insurance through their employer are now being asked to pay premiums for that insurance,” Kasich said during his announcement.
“It is a bad idea.
And it should be repealed.”
Kasich has also clashed with Republican governors in other states.
In January, Kasich was criticized by the GOP-led state legislature for not supporting a plan to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, despite the fact that it would have saved Ohio an estimated $1.3 billion over 10 years.
Kasich also has faced criticisms for not being tough enough on opioid addiction.
He has said Ohio is not doing enough to help drug addicts and that the state is not putting enough resources into the treatment of opioid addiction among young people.
“The state is underfunded.
The opioid crisis is overblown,” Kasich told the Des Moines Register.
Kasich made headlines in 2016 when he was seen grabbing a woman by the hair and pushing her to the ground after a dispute in a downtown Cleveland hotel.
That was one of several times in 2016 that the governor faced backlash for his handling of a violent altercation at a bar that left three people dead.
Trump nominated Kasich to be the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2020.
The two will face off in the general election in November.