facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -
 

« News Home

Dems unveil ‘dream’ ticket



Published: Fri, March 15, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick (Contact)


On the side

City/county confusion: Though Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel campaigned in the Mahoning Valley last year during his failed campaign for U.S. Senate, his office seems to be confused as to where we are. An email informing the media about the Republican’s Thursday visit to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber states he was “to meet with businesses from the Warren County area.” I understand how the error was made, but his office was off by 250 miles.

Democratic Party dinner: The Mahoning County Democratic Party is having a $10-a-ticket spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Saxon Club, 710 S. Meridian Road in Austintown.

GOP open house: The Ohio Black Republicans Association will have an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mahoning County Republican Party headquarters, 621 Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman.

Young conservatives: The Teenage Conservatives of Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull Counties are meeting at Mahoning County Republican Party headquarters at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dr. Mike Levy, a heart surgeon/vein specialist, will speak on medical legislation and Obamacare.

The Ohio Democratic Party will highlight its likely 2014 statewide ticket at its annual dinner tonight in Columbus.

None has officially announced. But the party’s statewide ticket, with about 11 months before the filing date, looks like this:

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald for governor.

Former Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper, who lost the 2010 race for state auditor, for attorney general.

State Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland for secretary of state.

State Rep. John Carney of Columbus for auditor.

State Rep. Connie Pillich of Montgomery (near Cincinnati) for treasurer.

They have little to no name recognition statewide, which makes it more important for them to stop playing around with being potential candidates and declaring they are seeking specific offices.

Most are traveling around the state speaking to key donors, local Democratic leaders and members of the media to make important financial and political connections because they face huge challenges in knocking off the Republican incumbents.

In comparison to the 2010 ticket that featured two elected incumbents at the top — Gov. Ted Strickland and Attorney General Richard Cordray — only Pepper has run statewide among the potential 2014 candidates.

And even with three incumbents — Kevin Boyce was appointed treasurer by Strickland to fill a vacancy — the Democrats lost all five executive-branch statewide races in 2010 as well as the U.S. Senate race.

President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown showed last year that Democrats can win in Ohio if the right candidates are running strong campaigns that are well-funded.

The dinner is shaping up to be a Democratic coronation of FitzGerald as the party’s gubernatorial candidate. FitzGerald is the last person to speak, right after U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles, who’s considered running for governor in 2014.

If Ryan hasn’t already announced that he won’t seek the seat, expect him to do it then and give a rousing introduction of FitzGerald. FitzGerald will need the congressman’s help in the Mahoning Valley if he has any chance of beating Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, next year.

Cordray, who isn’t a party favorite because one of his longtime closest advisers unsuccessfully tried to defeat Chris Redfern for Democratic chairman last year, and ex-U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton are mulling potential gubernatorial bids.

But the party leadership’s preferred choice is obviously FitzGerald.

FitzGerald recently created an exploratory committee for the potential run, and is taking shots at Kasich’s leadership and the decisions the governor has made in the past three-plus years.

The Ohio Republican Party is working to connect FitzGerald to the Cuyahoga County corruption scandal that led voters there to change laws to create an executive position and then elect FitzGerald to that post.

I doubt it will work as the main federal prosecutor in that probe said in January that FitzGerald was not being investigated; a highly unusual step.


Comments

1commoncitizen(945 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

To bad he's not going to run---that way when he lost we would be rid of him for awhile OR could he keep his seat in Congress while he runs??

Suggest removal:

2TERRAPINST(281 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Midterm defeat of Kasich will be an extremely difficult task. Cordray-too smart to run, and also a probable Supreme Court nomination. Fitzgerald-good guy- too early in career. Ryan- crazy to jeopardize seniority in House and relatively unknown in rest of state. Also, and this is a biggy, Kasich will have a zillion dollars to run with and the RNC will pend fortune trying to maintain this swing state hold.

Suggest removal:

3ytownboy22(62 comments)posted 1 year ago

Will agree the Dems cannot beat Kasich. No chance, only Kasich can beat Kasich. That is the point. As his arrogance continues to reveal itself, as his true agenda comes to light, call me master of the obvious, but Kasich is willing to take bonehead steps to make his re-eelection vulnerable. Virtually none of his budget is going to survive legislative rewrites. That he wants to conduct state development program in secret will not be tolerated. The truth is, if Ohioans come to understand what he is trying to do/how he is trying to do it, they will turn this redical and whining crybaby/bully out of office.......that is why Fitzgerald is not willing to give him a free pass next year......

Suggest removal:


News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes | Pittsburgh International Airport