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 PortmanTrump faces political risks in fight over GM plant GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration MORE and Democrat Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWarren, Klobuchar call on FTC to curtail use of non-compete clauses The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump faces political risks in fight over GM plant MORE, have met with GM’s CEO Mary Barra in an effort to save the plant.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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."