Columbus—Innovation Ohio, a progressive think tank headquartered in Columbus, today questioned whether Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is “becoming an independent political agent who is increasingly ‘going rogue’ with a personal agenda that is often at odds with that of the Kasich Administration.”
The phrase “going rogue” was coined in 2008 by senior McCain for President campaign officials to describe the tendency of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin to ignore directives, refuse to be a team player, and to act and speak independently of the campaign of which she was a part. Palin later embraced the term and even used it as the title for one of her books. Like Palin, Mary Taylor is a favorite of the Tea Party wing of the GOP.
Said IO Communications Director Dale Butland:
“The similarities between Sarah Palin and Mary Taylor are striking. Both are favorites of the GOP’s Tea Party wing. Both clearly relish their ‘independence’ from the top-of-the-ticket politicians who selected them as running mates. And both see no problem with contradicting their bosses in public, arrogating special privileges to themselves, or building separate political power bases for their own future endeavors.
“In less than a year as Lt. Governor, Ms. Taylor has:
“Contradicting the Governor. Failing to show up at Cabinet functions. Using the state airplane and asking to be picked up and dropped off in Canton. Creating her own political patronage jobs at taxpayer expense. Refusing to live in Columbus or keep regular office hours like every other statewide officeholder. If she’s not a Sarah Palin wannabe, she’ll certainly do until one comes along. In the meantime, her activities raise a fundamental question: on the ‘Kasich-Taylor Team’, who’s the boss?”
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