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Will Dems have gubernatorial primary?

By Bertram de Souza (Contact)

Published May 5, 2012

Although Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, is just starting his second year of a four-year term, Democrats are already lining up to take him on in 2014. The most commonly heard names are: former Gov. Ted Strickland, who lost his re-election bid to Kasich by a sliver; Richard Cordray, director of the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and former Ohio attorney general; Congressman Tim Ryan of Niles, D-17th; and, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald.

Strickland has emerged as the main critic of the governor, the Republican controlled General Assembly and the GOP effort to unseat President Obama. Ryan has campaigned across the state for congressional candidates, while Cordray has attracted national attention in his position as the protector of American consumers. Fitzgerald, who isn’t well known statewide but is receiving media attention as the manager of the new government in Cuyahoga County, has begun traveling Ohio meeting with Democratic Party insiders and the press.

During a visit to The Vindicator, Fitzgerald offered the following advice to Ohio Democrats, while insisting that he had not made a decision about running for governor: Democrats should avoid a contested primary at all costs and rally behind one candidate. The county executive said that the Democratic Party would be putting itself at a disadvantage in terms of fund-raising for the general election because so much money would be raised and spent in a primary that featured several major contenders.

Fitzgerald’s assessment certainly merits attention by the party elders considering what occurred in the 2010 U.S. Senate race when Democrats had a bloody primary featuring then Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and former Attorney General Lee Fisher. So much time, energy and money was expended, that Fisher was hobbled when he faced Republican Rob Portman. Portman is now in the Senate.

It isn’t going to be easy to convince someone who believes he or she can take on Kasich to step aside, but that’s the job of the state party chairman and county chairmen. Democrats believe Kasich and the Republicans are pushing an agenda that is too extreme for Ohio and, therefore, will suffer at the polls. That’s to be seen. Two years is a lifetime in politics.


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

If Strickland, Fitzgerald and Cordray are in the rece, timmie ryan will not contend under the guise of that teddy is his friend. What an awful reason. timmie kmows that he couln't beat any of those politicians head to head. The major reason he is the areas congressperson until now is the overwhelming number of blind Democrats in the district

As an independent, I will be supporting Dr. Marisha Agana. We need a good woman to clean rhis house.

Maybe timmie knows he wiold have a difficult time against Dr. Agana and is looking for an easier race. timme may be better off with his brother at Covelli to learn about business.

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2NachoCheese(163 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

This Fitzgerald guy might just be the smartest one of the bunch. Now just maybe if he would spend a few years establishing a proven record of accomplishments, who knows. Cordray has to some extent proven he can do a decent job in his past experiences as well. It would be most comical to find the failed ex-gov or the do-nothing congressman trying to take this task on - they are just too funny: complain complain complain, all while having nothing substantial to show for their own lengthy records. Fortunately at this time, Ohio has the governor that we need to turn this state around, and it is working. Go ahead and drool over yourselves - maybe a couple of decades from now the dems might come down to earth enough to field a worthy candidate.

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