Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich is working hard to earn some late votes before November’s election. In an interview on ESPN’s “Dan Patrick Show,” Kasich tapped into the hearts of sports fans when he declared that the day following the Super Bowl should be a national holiday. (And of course, even if you aren’t a sports fan, who wouldn’t like another day off from work?)
In response to a question from Dan Patrick, Kasich said the Monday after the NFL’s championship should be a holiday.
“It should be. There’s no productivity whatsoever,” Kasich said. “I think it should be. I’m gonna take that under consideration. Maybe I can get that done in the first hundred days.”
The concept is funny considering Kasich’s current constituents in Ohio aren’t likely to be using that prospective holiday to celebrate any Super Bowl titles anytime soon. The Cincinnati Bengals have lost in the AFC playoff’s first round each of the last five years and the Cleveland Browns haven’t made the playoffs since 2002.
Based on the latest polls, the likelihood of Kasich working in the Oval Office remains on par with either the Bengals or Browns winning the Super Bowl.
Kasich could also be trying to gain votes from sports fans in New York, whose Giants have won two of the last nine Super Bowls. The state conducts its primary on April 19, and Kasich is trying to catch GOP front-runner Donald Trump and long-shot candidate Ted Cruz in the polls. Perhaps popular ideas like new national holidays might spark a late push.
And the Ohio governor has a point. A survey conducted by the Workforce Institute at Kronos before Super Bowl 50 estimated that 16.5 million Americans would not show up to work the day after the big game. The survey also showed that 10.5 million requested to take that Monday off in advance and that 7.5 million had the option to arrive late for work that day.
The task of turning the Monday after the Super Bowl into a full-fledged holiday seems insurmountable, according to a 2014 Post report.
A Congressional Research Service report found that federal holidays cost taxpayers about $200 million per day (and that was back in 1999). This was part of the argument against the establishment of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which came into effect in 1983 only after Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) introduced it during every session of Congress for the better part of 15 years.
You can check out Kasich’s full interview with Patrick here.