The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

World, nation, state

January 9, 2013

Strickland won’t challenge Kasich in 2014

COLUMBUS — Democrat Ted Strickland announced Tuesday he will not run again for governor in 2014, removing a key competitor to incumbent Republican John Kasich from the field.

The departure of Strickland, 70, from the race leaves Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan among top potential Democrats who could challenge Kasich next year.

FitzGerald, a former FBI agent and Lakewood mayor, was elected in 2010 to lead a new county executive-council government Ohio’s most populous county to replace a scandal-plagued commissioner form. Ryan is a six-term congressman from the Youngstown area first elected to Congress in 2002.

Citing education, infrastructure and affordable health care as among priorities he fought for, Strickland said in a statement Tuesday that he stands by his record of success as governor and will not seek the office again.

“My administration stood and spoke for the causes that count,” he said.

Kasich, a former investment banker and congressman, unseated Strickland as he sought a second term in 2010. It was among the most expensive governor’s races in Ohio history, with combined spending approaching $34 million.

During the 2010 campaign, both Strickland and Kasich told voters that their approach could best fix the state’s ailing economy. The once-proud manufacturing state had lost some 400,000 jobs between 2007 and 2010, and unemployment stood at 10 percent.

Since Kasich’s taken office, a projected state budget gap of as much as $8 billion has been closed and unemployment has fallen steadily to below 7 percent.

Though Democrats attribute much of that rebound to the policies of President Barack Obama, including the bailout of the auto industry vital to the state, it was widely expected that Kasich could use the economic rebound in any campaign against Strickland.

Strickland noted the economic backdrop in Tuesday’s statement.

“In many ways, this has been a very difficult decision,” he said. “I look back fondly on my time as Ohio’s 68th governor — and am proud of my administration’s efforts to guide our state through the greatest national economic crisis since the Great Depression.”

Tying the once-popular Strickland to the Obama administration in 2010 was among Kasich’s winning strategies. Kasich won the race 49 to 47 percent.

Strickland “laid the foundation for our economic recovery, all while preserving the state’s social safety net, passing a budget with unanimous, bipartisan backing, championing transparency, and supporting schools and communities from every corner of Ohio,” state Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern said.

In a statement, Redfern added, “Now that Gov. Strickland has announced his intentions, strong Democratic officeholders that are prepared to hold this administration accountable for its anti-worker, anti-woman agenda that has unfairly skyrocketed local taxes can begin earnestly exploring why only 36 percent of Ohioans believe Gov. John Kasich deserves to be re-elected.”

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said, “When the time comes, the governor will be very comfortable holding up his record of how Ohio has gotten back on track and has begun to thrive again in the past two years. There’s a lot of work still to do, however, and getting Ohio moving again will continue to be his focus.”

Ohio Republican Chairman Bob Bennett said anyone who’s thinking about challenging Kasich’s economic record should think twice.

“Ohio has made giant leaps in progress in two short years under John Kasich and it will be hard for any Democrat to argue why he shouldn’t continue to create jobs for hardworking Ohio families,” Bennett said.

Strickland said he and wife Frances “will continue to be politically active private citizens. We will continue to stand with working men and women to build a stronger Ohio — and to defeat anti-worker and anti-middle-class legislation that may arise.”

1
Text Only
World, nation, state
  • Deep-sea octopus goes without food for 4.5 years while watching eggs

    Talk about extreme parenting: Scientists have found a deep-sea octopus mama that faithfully guards the same clutch of eggs for an incredible 4 1/2 years — a record.

    July 31, 2014

  • Study finds 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

    More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

    July 30, 2014

  • U.S. blasts Israel for Kerry criticism

    The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a “misinformation campaign” against the top American diplomat.

    July 29, 2014

  • Outlook on Medicare finances improves

    Medicare’s finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program’s giant hospital trust fund won’t be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year’s estimate.

    July 29, 2014

  • Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hospital shooting suspect charged with murder

    A man accused of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex before the doctor returned fire has been charged with murder.

    July 28, 2014

  • Man seeks video of Oklahoma City bombing

    One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

    July 28, 2014

  • Bill in Congress to help veterans with PTSD

    A group of lawmakers have joined together to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post Traumatic Brain Injury (PTBI) and other war injuries get speedy medical treatment — and avoid Veteran’s Administration bureaucracy and Department of Defense lack of accountability.

    July 28, 2014

  • U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists also has crossed the border.

    July 28, 2014

  • U.S. says Russia is firing across border into Ukraine

    Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.

    July 25, 2014

House Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video