The buzz from Washington about Ohio’s junior senator, Rob Portman, running for the Republican presidential nomination has flared up again.
And the Terrace Park Republican has done nothing to put out the fire.
He is reportedly considering setting up a presidential exploratory committee sometime after the November election, using as seed money his Senate campaign fund, which will probably be about $6 million by the end of the year.
WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the Ohio governor's race and the recent problems of Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald; and how he is trying to get his campaign back on track.
Is the ship sinking for Ohio Democrats in the governor’s race?
Democratic Party leaders insist that it is not, but there is no question that the ship has been taking on water at an alarming rate in the past few weeks.
And the fear among some Democrats is that if their candidate for governor, Ed FitzGerald, sinks under the waves, he might take the Democrats’ down-ticket statewide candidates – for attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor – down to the bottom of the deep blue sea with him.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald trails incumbent Republican John Kasich by 12 percentage points and is still not well known to about two-third of Ohio voters, according to an independent poll released this morning.
The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which polls voters in key states, has Kasich with 48 percent to FitzGerald’s 36 percent.
In May, Kasich led FitzGerald by 15 percentage points in the last Quinnipiac Poll.