Ted Strickland

It is not hard to understand why most folks in these parts might have been distracted this week from following the daily comings and goings of the nascent campaign for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat.

The election which, for the record, is still a little over 20 months away.

First there was the distraction of the record-breaking cold and its running mate, record-breaking snow.

A spokesman for former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland says the Democrat has started raising money for a U.S. Senate candidacy, but has yet to decide if he will run.

Michael E. Keating

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about the prospects of former Ohio governor Ted Strickland running for the U.S. Senate; and how the Republican Party is reacting to that.

For someone who has not even announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Ohio’s former Democratic governor, Ted Strickland, has been under heavy verbal artillery fire from the Republican establishment.

The GOP – in particularly, the National Republican Senate Committee (NRSC)  and the Ohio Republican Party (ORP) – has been regularly blasting Strickland in press releases for even considering running for the seat now held by Republican Rob Portman, even going so far as to use the words of a well-known Ohio Democratic political consultant to get under Strickland’s skin.

Michael Keating

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks about the Ohio Governor's race and the changing attitudes on gay marriage, with Maryanne Zeleznik.

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, like many seasoned election veterans, likes to help the young aspiring politicians who, in years past, helped him get where he wanted to go.


That’s what Strickland was doing in Cincinnati Friday, at the Southern Baptist Church and elsewhere, where he joined Greg Landsman, a fellow Democrat, as Landsman officially launched his run for a seat on Cincinnati City Council.
 

The Ohio delegation got a warning from Jesse Jackson about the upcoming election and also heard from former governor Ted Strickland.  Tonight, President Obama speaks (in a dry venue):  Here's the latest from WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson in a chat with Mark Heyne:

WVXU's Political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the Democratic National Convention, from Ted Strickland's speech, to Sherrod Brown talking at the Ohio Delegation Breakfast this morning.

Update:  After this interview was recorded, Former Governor Strickland's speech was moved to tonight (Tuesday).

WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson is at the Democratic National Convention.  He talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about what former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will say to the delegates tonight, and the possibility of his running for Governor again.

Pages