John J. “Jack” Gilligan, the former Ohio governor who passed away Monday at age 92, was many things in his long life.
An unabashed, unapologetic liberal, seemingly oblivious to whether or not it cost or gained him votes.
A war hero, earning the Silver Star while serving on board a destroyer during the battle of Okinawa.
A young man who came home from the war, worked in the family funeral business, and went on to teach literature at Xavier University before launching his career in politics.
Round one in the battle took place in November 2004, when 62 percent of Ohioans voted in favor of a constitutional ban.
Round two could be right around the corner, possibly in November 2014, if FreedomOhio, a pro-gay marriage group, succeeds in getting a new constitutional amendment on the ballot.
FreedomOhio had a good week.
The 2014 slate of Democratic candidates for Ohio’s statewide offices is not exactly set in stone, but it is getting pretty close.
Why so early, you ask?
Well, when you have been beaten like a rented mule in the 2010 statewide elections, as the Ohio Democratic Party was, there is no such thing as being too early out of the gate.