Ohio Gov. John Kasich personally apologized to the Columbus police officer he thrice labeled an “idiot” for giving him a traffic ticket, reports the Columbus Dispatch. Jim Gilbert, head of the Fraternal Order of Police union representing Columbus officers, said Kasich “apologized for using the term and said it was a wrong choice of words and a bad example. [Kasich] said that he holds law enforcement in high regard.”
“I’m ready to put the issue to bed,” Gilbert said. But he acknowledged that the “idiot” remark would resonate with many officers for some time. I’m quite sure this is still going to be a very significant thing in the back of every police officer’s mind.” Columbus police said a review of the traffic stop shows that officer Robert Barrett “conducted himself in a professional and courteous manner by treating Mr. Kasich with respect and dignity.