Kasich forms dark money group with Snyder, Schwarzenegger

    Former Gov. Rick Snyder
    Rick Snyder | Michigan Municipal League, Flickr

    They’re back.

    Former Ohio Gov. and 2016 GOP presidential candidate John Kasich has announced a new political group called “Two Paths America,” with fellow Republican former Govs. Rick Snyder and Arnold Schwarzenegger on board as part of the group’s advisory committee.

    Two Paths America is a 501(c)4 organization that does not have to disclose political donors.

    The group is titled after a 2017 Kasich book called “Two Paths: America United or Divided” that fueled speculation the former governor could mount a primary challenge to President Donald Trump. (The committee also features former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who has been outspoken in his efforts to recruit a Republican Trump challenger.)

    Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich
    Republican presidential candidate Governor John Kasich speaks at a press conference on March 30, 2016 in New York City. | Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

    Two Paths describes its 12 advisory committee members, including Michigan’s Snyder and California’s Schwarzenegger, as “a dozen of America’s most prominent thought leaders” who will help “promote center-right solutions to some of the major issues facing our nation.”

    National security, a balanced budget, “community and citizenship,” and energy — pursued as “a tool of economic growth” — were listed as top committee “projects” on the Two Paths for America website.

    The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
    Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island | Creative Commons

    Kasich is slated to speak next month in Michigan at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

    “After the midterm elections, and a lack of innovative policy ideas coming out of Washington, it’s become increasingly clear that we need to design center-right solutions on issues that will improve the lives of Americans,” Jo Ann Davidson, Republican former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and Two Paths America board member, said in a statement on the group’s website.

    “America is hungry for some conservative ideas and these respected thought leaders are determined to help find some new and innovative ideas.”

    Michael Gerstein
    Michael Gerstein covers the governor’s office, criminal justice and the environment. Before that, he wrote about state government and politics for the Detroit News, the Associated Press and MIRS News and won a Society of Professional Journalism award for open government reporting. He studied philosophy at Michigan State University, where he wrote for both The State News and Capital News Service. He began his journalism career freelancing for The Sturgis Journal, his hometown paper.

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