John Kasich pitches soon to be shuttered Ohio GM plant to Elon Musk: ‘Call me’

Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is making a pitch to Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk to use an impending shut down GM plant to build his cars.

Kasich tweeted at Musk Tuesday, telling him to “call me.”

Kasich said to Musk that “There are no better workers than Ohio workers. And Lordstown is ready for you.” 

GM announced last month that it will be closing down several plants in the U.S., including one in Lordstown, Ohio.


The closure of the GM factory in Ohio would result in the loss of thousand of jobs.

In Kasich’s tweet, he included video of Musk saying on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he would consider buying some of the plants that GM is planning to close.

“It’s possible that we would be interested if they were going to sell a plant or not use it that we would take it over,” Musk said.

Musk stepped down as chairman of Tesla in September but will remain as CEO. 

Kasich has branded himself as a business friendly governor during his tenure running Ohio, often pitching for massive companies to invest in the state, including Amazon’s HQ2 and FoxConn’s multi-billion dollar U.S. factory.

Both of Ohio’s senators, Republican Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators look for possible way to end shutdown GOP reasserts NATO support after report on Trump’s wavering Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight MORE and Democrat Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCentrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration MORE, have met with GM’s CEO Mary Barra in an effort to save the plant.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE blasted GM's decision close the plant in Ohio, saying the company should stop making cars in China and “better get back in” in Ohio "soon."