On the Ohio Governor's Race, One Word: DENNIS!
The race to determine who will succeed John Kasich as Governor of Ohio has finally become interesting for progressives. On the Republican side, the front running ticket is clearly Mike Dewine, the current Attorney General, with Secretary of State Jon Husted as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor. Dewine is basically another Kasich, a sane Republican with some heart. Husted, whose voter suppression policies have gone far enough to be struck down in court a few times, is basically Mike Pence Jr. when it comes to the issues. Enough said, methinks.
Until recently, the Democratic primary had an empty skirt of a Congresscritter, Betty Sutton, who sponsored about as many bills as Obama did(ie very few) and nearly always voted with Pelosi and crew. The others were fairly unknown outside of their localities plus an Ohio Supreme Court Justice who was about as liberal as Justice Kennedy at the federal level. Harrumph.
Then Richard Cordray resigned as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and jumped in. He’s got the full backing of the Obama Democratic establishment plus Elizabeth Warren, and was considered the front runner from the get go. And then, just a few days ago, that adorable little gnome of democratic socialism, Dennis Kucinich, filed papers. He is expected to formally announce next week.
Within two days, Sutton dropped out of the race and Cordray announced she was his running mate. Coincidence? I think not. The DNC types, who are backing Cordray, must have scrambled to find their brown pants after Dennis announced. Why? Because Dennis has a real chance this year, IMO, especially in a four or five way primary. And they hate Dennis Kucinich.
Dennis Kucinich not only has name recognition statewide, he is respected by most voters, even Republicans, because he sticks to his guns, and he is absolutely loved in Cuyahoga County. If there is, say, a 70% voter turnout here, which has happened before, he would win the primary, period. Almost immediately, rumors started swirling that Dennis wants Nina Turner to be his running mate. Since Nina is absolutely adored by the African American community and respected by most of the white one in northeast Ohio, the forces backing Cordray probably panicked. I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama his own self made a phone call to Betty Sutton, telling her to hook up with Cordray pronto. I’m not saying he did, but Obama is no fan of Kucinich.
After all, he promised Kucinich he’d expand funding for NASA Glenn in Cuyahoga County if Dennis voted for Obamacare, and after Dennis did so(to my disappointment), turned around and didn’t even peep in protest when Dennis’ district was gerrymandered out of existence. Then he let funding for NASA Glenn get cut without any protest at all less than a year later. At least, that’s how most local Democrats think it played out.
A Kucinich/Turner ticket would run strongly in northeastern Ohio and in all of the college towns in the primary, and would even get some independents to register as Democrats and vote for them, not because they agree with them on nearly all of their political positions(for the record, I do), but because they are genuine people who aren’t bought by big money. It all comes down to turnout this May.
Now it’s interesting for me. There will be four votes from this household for Dennis. Mrs. Barbarian already told her grown kids if they don’t vote for Dennis they need to find another place to live. Don’t worry, it’s just a threat against laziness. Think any non-progressives could live with me?
Anyway, @scuba, @thompaine, it looks like I will be participating in Democratic Party politics this year after all. @marym625, once Kucinich gets a site up and running that will take small donations I’ll let you know. It will be good to see DENNIS! bumper stickers again.TheNutcracker, ozoneman, cui bono and 23 othersDoremus Jessup, Peace Patriot, Populist Prole, Rocco, Pam, cleverflamingo, Iwillnevergiveup, mrdmk, jwirr, Baba OhReally, Enthusiast, disillusioned73, Betty Karlson, Satan, Marym625, eridani, kath, EaracheMyEye, NV Wino, dreamnightwind, Scuba, h-32, 3FingerBrown like thisIgnorance is the foundation of tyranny.
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