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Sunday, February 11, 2007

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!
Suddes also intimates that the prospect of Husted deputy State Rep. Kevin DeWine (R-Fairborn, near Dayton) becoming Ohio Republican Party leader would strengthen Husted's career chances, and that Husted's alliance with Dolan could help him tap into Cleveland-area campaign donors.

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.

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At February 11, 2007 1:14 PM , paul said...

One other thing I've heard, but with no knowledge of how likely, is that Husted will stay in Columbus and run for OH-15 if as some expect, Deborah Pryce retires.

At February 12, 2007 1:19 PM , Anonymous said...

Ken Blackwell should definitely run for Senate in 2010. He has such broadbased support across the state. He is clearly a balanced, honest politician who has innovative, well-thought-out ideas to improve the state of Ohio.

(that dripping noise you hear is sarcasm)

At February 12, 2007 4:26 PM , Anastasia said...

Absolutely. I think Ken Blackwell should run over and over. The number of Democratic pick-ups would be astronomical. Run Kenny run!


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