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Ohio Governor Flip-Flops On LeBron

WITNESS...the backtracking.

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The governor of Ohio John Kasich has happily tweeted about LeBron James rejoining the Cavaliers:

What a great week for Cleveland, and it looks like Ohioans created another job. @LebronJames #RNC2CLE #253001newjobs

John Kasich@JohnKasich

What a great week for Cleveland, and it looks like Ohioans created another job. @LebronJames #RNC2CLE #253001newjobs

12:40 PM - 11 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But during his run for governor and throughout his term as governor the Ohioan has had a history of attacks on Lebron.

Kasich's first slamming of James came in a June 17, 2010, interview with Alan Colmes for his radio show. Colmes asked Kasich if he would be joining in "the chorus to keep James in Cleveland."

"I'm not singing in any chorus for LeBron James," Kasich responded.

Colmes responded in amazement: "You're not?"

"No, I'm not. Look, he's a great basketball player, he's a great guy. There's a lot of great people in Ohio," Kasich said.

Asked if he would try to persuade James to stay if he were governor, Kasich dismissed the question.

"Alan, we've lost 400,000 jobs out here and the last guy I worry about is LeBron James. You know I mean, we all hope he'll stay in Cleveland. We think we've got a great guy there that can turn everything around, but we got some serious problems."

They even made an ad:

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Then, as governor-elect Kasich slammed James again: "I don't care if LeBron score 120 he doesn't get any favor with me," he said.

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As governor, Kasich took it one step further. After the Dallas Mavericks beat the Heat in the finals, he issued a proclamation honoring the Texas team.


"Whereas, NBA Finals [MVP] Dirk Nowitzki chose to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2010, forgoing free agency and keeping his talents in Dallas, remaining loyal to the team, city and fans for whom he played his entire career," the declaration reads in part, a veiled shot at James.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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