Current Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich will leave office in 2018, as his term will be expiring, and Democrats are pressing controversial talk-show host Jerry Springer to throw his hat in the ring.
Springer, 73, who attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, has left the door open to such a possibility, and said he would consider joining the race “if needed by the party.”
He compared himself to President Trump, since Trump had previously hosted “The Celebrity Apprentice” before getting into politics, telling The Cincinnati Enquirer, “What’s probably giving it more juice this time is the Trump victory. People are thinking that somebody outside the traditional political establishment can win. His constituency is basically mine. These are fans of the show. I could be Trump without the racism.”
Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said of Springer, “I think he is a superb communicator. I think he has a very strong ability to communicate what I think is the heart of the Democratic message.”
Springer immigrated to the United States from England in 1949. He is the former mayor of Cincinnati, serving just one year in 1977. Prior to that, he was elected to the Cincinnati city council in 1971, but was forced to resign in 1974 after admitting to hiring a prostitute. He won the seat back the next year.
He also sought the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor in 1982, but failed to receive it.
Springer isn’t the only Democratic considering joining the Ohio governor’s race, however. The Hill reported that Ohio state Rep. Connie Pillich, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni have all announced they are intending to run.
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