Sen. Ken Blackwell (R-OH)?????
A hair-raising column by Thomas Suddes in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today suggests that Ohio's big GOP names are "down but not out." Among other possibilities, he invokes the following:
- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted (R-Kettering) to run for the 6th Ohio Senate seat of term-limited Sen. Jeff Jacobson (R-Butler Twp, near Dayton) in 2008, and for statewide office in 2010;
- 2006 gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell (R-Cincinnati) is "said to fancy himself" a successor to Sen George Voinvovich (R) in 2010, which Suddes calls "a triumph of hope over experience";
- Auditor Mary Taylor (R-Green) will seek re-election in 2010, not higher office, to "keep at least one Apportionment Board seat for her party" (well, duh):
- State Rep. Matt Dolan (R-Novelty), recently named to the Finance-Appropriations Committee by Husted, to replace Husted as House Speaker; and,
- Former Attorney General Jim Petro (R-Rocky River), former State Auditor Betty Montgomery (R-Toledo), and former Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville) all "could take to the field again," possible races not specified. Hard to picture the former two trying for Governor again, or the latter trying to get back to the Senate, but I could imagine Petro making a Senate run in 2010. DeWine for Governor in 2010? Yoiks!
UPDATE: There is more about Kevin DeWine's bid for the ORP leadership post in a story in today's Dayton Daily News. He is opposed by Stark County Republican Chairman Curt Braden and Lake County GOP Chairman Dale Fellows.