No Ohio rematch in 2014
January 8th, 2013
11:54 AM ET
1 year ago

No Ohio rematch in 2014

(CNN) – Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland made it official Tuesday morning: He's not going to make a bid next year to try and reclaim his old job.

"I am announcing my decision not to seek election as Governor of Ohio in 2014. In many ways, this has been a very difficult decision," said Strickland in a statement.

The former Democratic congressman and minister won election as Ohio governor in 2006 but lost a close re-election bid to Republican John Kasich, a former congressman and state senator, in 2010.

Strickland hinted last summer that he might be interested in taking on Kasich in a 2014 rematch.

This past weekend, sources told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger that the former Ohio governor is being considered for a cabinet position, possibly transportation, in President Barack Obama's administration.

Strickland endorsed then Sen. Hillary Clinton in the 2008 battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, helping her carry the state in the primaries. But when she bowed out, he became a strong supporter of then Sen. Barack Obama, who carried the crucial battleground state in the general election. In 2012 Strickland was again a tireless supporter for Obama, who once again carried Ohio in the presidential contest.

Democratic Governors Association chairman Peter Shumlin, Vermont's governor, said that "Strickland has been a great public servant for the people of Ohio- as a congressman, a governor, and a strong voice for working and middle class families across the state."

With Strickland not running, a Democratic strategist close to Ohio politics says that Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald may be the likeliest Democratic challenger to Kasich next year.

"I'm taking it very seriously," Fitzgerald told the Columbus Dispatch Tuesday. "I've been meeting with people all across the state and that will be accelerated a little bit now. I've talked with some people about getting a team together to run my campaign for governor, but I have a lot of things to consider and it's still too early to say anything more."

The strategist, who requested anonymity to more freely discuss the lay of the land in Ohio, added that talk of Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan running for the gubernatorial nomination has diminished. Other names that have been mentioned are former Rep. Betty Sutton and Richard Cordray, director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

National Democrats are eyeing Ohio next year, with Shumlin saying that "while (Strickland) may not be our candidate for governor, Ohio is one of our top pick-up opportunities and we will continue to work with Governor Strickland to return the seat to Democrats."

"Gov. Strickland was by far Democrats' best potential candidate, but Kasich isn't going to get a free ride. I can't imagine Ohio not being one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country next year," says Nathan Gonzales, political editor at the non-partisan Rothenberg Political Report.

Polls indicate that Kasich's popularity has increased since 2011, when a bruising fight over collective bargaining rights for public workers hurt his standing with Ohio voters. The most recent survey from Quinnipiac University indicated that a plurality of registered voters approved of the job he was doing as governor, but that a plurality also said they didn't support his re-election in 2014.

New Jersey and Virginia, both currently controlled by the GOP, will hold gubernatorial contests this November, and 37 states will be up for grabs next year.


Filed under: 2014 • Ohio • Ted Strickland
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    By now everyone knows Entire the nation turning to DEMOCRATIC.

    January 8, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    I like Governor Strickland a lot and admire his loyalty to his party but sometimes, it appears he has trouble concentrating on his thoughts and seems somewhat confused when speaking. His decision is a wise one and I hope he finds opportunity someplace else. Having said that, there are plenty of qualified people to run against Kasich and win, especially since the voter suppression of 2012 which he proudly supported. I don't think the people of Ohio will forget that nightmare and Kasich's chances of being reelected will be real slim.

    January 8, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. ST

    Though am not Strickland fan, BUT I take my hat off for him. He is not like McCain and Lindsey Graham who stick on power though their service is no longer needed.

    January 8, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    if you really want to look up the BEST Governors OHIO ever had, and when the people in Ohio really Loved their Governor, with not many complaints & such, all you have to do is Google: " Ohio Governors " you will see that the people really liked people such as Voinovich & Rhodes & the list goes on. Those 2 done more for Ohio, than the current one has done for the people in Ohio.

    January 8, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland made it official Tuesday morning: He's not going to make a bid next year to try and reclaim his old job."
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    How convenient... Ohio wasn't planning on giving you back your old job. A win-win.

    January 8, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Bev

    thankyou mr strickland kaisch is the best governor we have had in ohio in a long time

    January 8, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. trex

    .Alright Ohio, it's time to fix that problem you have as Gov. The gop time has come,........AND GONE,......with these guys trying VERY HARD to appeal to the poor, minorities, illegals,................while HOLDING THEIR NOSES in the process. These people HATE THE POOR, SICK, OLD, CHILDREN, WOMEN......and anything or ANYBODY that isnt exactly what they THINK YOU SHOULD BE.

    January 8, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Republicans do a much better job running states. As much as i hate to say it, john, will not win in 2014. And thats to bad because Ohio, is on a good fiscal path.

    January 8, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Malory Archer

    Woman In California

    I like Governor Strickland a lot and admire his loyalty to his party but sometimes, it appears he has trouble concentrating on his thoughts and seems somewhat confused when speaking.

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    I hope he's okay!

    January 8, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    How convenient... Ohio wasn't planning on giving you back your old job. A win-win.
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    I think Ted must know that he might not be able to defeat Ohio's Democratic rising star in a primary. Her first name is Nina.

    January 8, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Bev wrote:

    thankyou mr strickland kaisch is the best governor we have had in ohio in a long time
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    If you call not bringing the state home for Republican Party and Mitt Romney, then I'm forced to agree.

    January 8, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Ohio,does not know how to treat its best city, Cincinnati. they try to make us feel like we are not part of state. and they love to keep us out the 'loop'

    January 8, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. John the Historian

    The Democrats must win in 2014 because after the voter suprression of 2012 by Kaisch no one can afford his terrible governship again. Kaisch did not want the car bailout and predicted Obama would lose in Ohio obviously Kaisch doesn't know about the people of Ohio.

    January 8, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How convenient... Ohio wasn't planning on giving you back your old job. A win-win.
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    Polled everyone in Ohio didja?
    Anywhooo....
    You narrowly missed being re-elected in 2010 Gov. Strickland, there were many caught up in Teatard Madness back then. I strongly suspect that many have had time to rethink their positions since then.
    Whatever your next political move may I suggest that you keep state senator Nina Turner in your corner. She is OUTSTANDING and a force to be reckoned with!

    January 8, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls indicate that Kasich's popularity has increased since 2011, when a bruising fight over collective bargaining rights for public workers hurt his standing with Ohio voters. The most recent survey from Quinnipiac University indicated that a plurality of registered voters approved of the job he was doing as governor, but that a plurality also said they didn't support his re-election in 2014
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    Reading is fundamental, as is reading comprehension Fair.

    January 8, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    "Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland made it official Tuesday morning: He's not going to make a bid next year to try and reclaim his old job."
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    How convenient... Ohio wasn't planning on giving you back your old job. A win-win.
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    This comment coming from the savant who kept confidently predicting that Romney would win in a walk? Keep sucking down the FOX happy pills, dear. Kasich won't win re-election, not after betting against people who work for a living, something he would know nothing about.

    January 8, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    " How convenient... Ohio wasn't planning on giving you back your old job. A win-win."

    According to the polls, the more important fact is that they're not planning onn giving it back to Captain Moron Kasich either, so you might want to rethink being so smug and trite about it.

    January 8, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. ghostriter

    Kasich is gonna have some splaining to do. The state that stood up for the auto unions hopefully will do the same for the teachers, cops and others.

    January 8, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. much thunder.little rain

    ex husbands...ex wives ... ex govenors like vomit ...are not good the second time around ..

    January 8, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |