Kasich Apologizes For Calling Officer 'Idiot'


UPDATED: Wednesday February 23, 2011 10:31 AM

Gov. John Kasich apologized on Thursday to a Columbus police officer who he called an "idiot" for pulling him over.

The reference to the officer was caught on camera during a recent meeting between Kasich and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, 10TV News reported.

"Have you ever been stopped by a police officer who was an idiot?" Kasich asked the group.
The question was an attempt to help Ohio Environmental Protection Agency employees understand what good customer service is, but instead it has gotten Kasich in hot water, 10TV News reported.

The story stemmed from a 2008 traffic stop, when Kasich was cited along state Route 315 for failing to move out of the way for an emergency vehicle.

VIDEO: Kasich's Speech To The Ohio EPA

The video was posted to YouTube and the Fraternal Order of Police called it offensive.

Kasich met with officer Rob Barrett in a private meeting on Thursday. He reportedly apologized for his choice of words and a perceived lack of respect of police officers.

Kaisch's spokesman released a statement after the meeting that said, "Today Gov. Kasich met with officer Barrett and apologized and that apology was graciously accepted.  It was a friendly meeting during which the governor reiterated his support for law enforcement officers and for the dangerous and important work they do."

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