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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Sunday, September 12, 2004

    Ohio's potential fallout: It's Jerry! 

    With Ohio's Democratic Party unable to elect a state official since when, FDR, the situation could become even more bleak if President Bush wins re-election.

    A panel of Ohio political pundits (Michael Douglas, associate editor of the Akron Beacon Journal; Brent Larkin, editorial page director of The Plain Dealer, and Sandy Theis, The Plain Dealer's Columbus bureau chief)
    told a recent Akron Press Club gathering that if Bush wins there will be no outside Democratic money to support a candidate for governor in 2006. That would leave the race to those well endowed financially, someone like trash talker Jerry Springer, former mayor of Cincinnati.

    ``Most publicly elected officials in Cuyahoga County are already, quietly, in bed with Jerry Springer,'' Larkin said.

    Theis finds the idea appalling.

    ``I hear all this talk about if Arnold Schzarenegger can make it, Jerry Springer can make it,'' she said. ``Well, this isn't California and Jerry Springer isn't Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jerry Springer had all the advantages (growing up) that Arnold didn't, and he chose to make a living making fun of people ... and I think that is not going to sell in Ohio.''

    Douglas suggested that Arnold is an action man, Springer a guy who just stands around while things occur around him.

    ``He had action when he paid the hooker with a check,'' Theis said of one of Springer's lower personal political moments.

    Maybe the Democrats should be campaigning on the theme: Please elect Kerry. Save us from Jerry.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 1:01 PM

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