Friday, February 5, 2010

The Absent-Minded Governor

We all know the story of NCR by now.

The longtime company who employed thousands in the Dayton area for 125 years picked up and left for Georgia after Ohio became increasingly too costly to do business.

But the story doesn't end there.

Bill Nuti, the NCR chief executive, had this to say in a recent article that appeared in the New York Times:
Mr. Nuti said that he attended a renewable energy conference in New York the month after that disastrous meeting, and during lunch sat next to Governor Strickland — who, he says, not only did not know who he was, despite his name tag, but never introduced himself.
Now, I don't care what happened before this interaction, but for the Governor of Ohio to have so little interest in the affairs of major Ohio employers that he doesn't even recognize Nuti's name is astounding. This is a simple matter of Ted Strickland being detached from his duties.

Apathy is not a trait required of a Governor.


  1. There you go again, lying like an unrepetant hack that pretends like he didn't read the entire article.

    First, NCR didn't leave because of "the cost of doing business in Ohio." You know how I know that? Because I read the article you linked to!

    NCR left because Republican Governors let NCR move most of its manufacturing jobs out of state and did nothing, leaving nothing more than just the corporate HQ left in Dayton when Strickland became Governor.

    Then NCR got a new CEO from NYC, who had no ties to Ohio, nor any interest in the century long relationship the company had with the City of Dayton.

    So he decided to move, citing the "quality of life" and difficulty hiring quality people willing to work in Dayton as the reasons. That's what the article actually reported.

    Do you even read the entire articles the Kasich campaign sends over to you, or do you just cut and paste the links?

  2. Ooo, you're an angry one, Modern.

    Fortunately, facts get in your way a bit on this one.

    In their original press release, as reported by CNN, NCR cited "government tax structure" as one of the primary reasons for their move.

    In other words, it was more costly for them to stay in Ohio than it was for them to move to Georgia.

    But you miss the main point of the post - Strickland was so detached from the situation that he didn't even recognize the CEO's name. That's a shame.

  3. Please forgive Modern Esquire, as it must be difficult to keep up with all the traffic "he alone" generates on his blog. I guess "traffic" is code for comments amongst the other syncophants that contribute to the blog.

    In addition, it must be very time consuming to ignore the polls, the electorate AND the incumbent's record.

  4. NCR and CEO Bill Nuti lied to our community about their reasons for leaving. Why wouldn't he lie about being at an event in New York?

    The Dayton Development Coalition is quoted as saying Nuti was the apathetic one. Dayton community leaders - most notably the former Speaker and Republican candidate for Sec of State John Husted - have also said they found the company unwilling to work with them for years. You can't pin this on the governor when everyone - everyone except the company that is - says Nuti and NCR were bad actors who left for selfish reasons, Ohio be damned.

  5. Considering Ohio's tax environment, I can't say I blame them.

    But in something as high profile as this, it's Ted Strickland's duty to work his tail off to convince Nuti to stay.

    Not only did he not work his tail off - he didn't even know who Nuti was.

  6. I guess we'll just have to agree on what we can agree on: the Kasich Campaign is siding with a deceitful Wall Street exec over the people of Dayton and Jon Husted. But that's not that surprising, is it?

  7. From what I can tell, the New York Times, which last I heard, was a pretty reputable organization for MSM, was quoting Bill Nuti as saying that Governor Strickland didn't know who he was when he sat next to him at a lunch table. And DJ is suggesting that, presuming this NYT report is true, that this reflects poorly on the Governor. Which, I think any sensible person(I'm excluding the alleged attorney here) could agree on.


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