• With Cordray confirmed, Ohio Dems stuck with Fitzgerald

    by  • July 17, 2013 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    Nina-eyes-Eds-spotYesterday, the long battle over Barack Obama’s nomination of former Ohio AG Richard Cordray in the U.S. Senate came to an end. He will officially take the job leading the new federal financial oversight department.

    That windy sound you heard yesterday wasn’t the cool summer breeze we need in this week of 90 degree temperatures. It was Ed FitsGereld breathing a huge sigh of relief.

    Cordray was known to have been interested in running for governor, and was biding his time while his nomination remained in limbo. He obviously won’t be seeking the nomination now, so the nomination is all but locked up for Fitzgerald.

    Because of the nature of his nomination that required Cordray to remain apolitical, he could not answer questions about his interest in the governorship. Cordray had a lot of Ohio Dems waiting to make their choice until the nomination issue was resolved.

    Obviously, Fitzgerald was many Dems’ last choice, because he was the only one to run.

    When it became obvious that Fitzgerald was the only guy, hundreds of Ohio Democrats started a campaign to draft Cordray into the race. It currently has over 400 supporters on Facebook, including Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill.

    Adding to the intrigue is an apparent blessing from Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, one of only two Democrats who holds an elective statewide office. O’Neill “liked” the Facebook page’s inaugural post, which read in part: “We need Cordray to run in 2014!” O’Neill also added a lengthy comment under the post.

    The campaign has been featured on Daily Kos, as well.

    Cordray has also consistently polled better against Governor Kasich than Fitzgerald, (though Kasich currently leads both men by double-digit margins.) In the same poll, both Democrats and Ohio voters in general have more favorable views of Cordray and more believe that Cordray has the necessary experience to be governor, rather than Fitzgerald.

    There are also reports that Cordray’s allies met with other Democrats on the 2014 ticket about getting their support for Cordray over Fitzgerald.

    According to a source with knowledge of the meetings, Cordray’s people have met with members of the ticket to discuss his possible candidacy. He wanted to know if they’d support him over Fitzgerald. The source told Cleveland Challenger that Cordray’s supporters were encouraged by the discussions.

    “They were told that there is some discomfort with Ed Fitzgerald,” the source told Cleveland Challenger.

    But all of that speculation is over now.

    Congratulations, Ohio Democrats. You’re stuck with your last choice of a challenger for John Kasich.

    You’re stuck with Ed Fitzgerald.


    I was born and raised in Ohio. After growing up in the Columbus area, I moved to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University, and have lived in Northeast Ohio ever since. I live in Wellington with my wife and son. I work in the private sector and have never worked in the political field.


    4 Responses to With Cordray confirmed, Ohio Dems stuck with Fitzgerald

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    2. Gary Suhadolnik
      July 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Isn’t there something in the cannons of judicial behavior that should prevent William O.Neil from even commenting on the governor’s race?

    3. Paige
      July 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Yes, there is. But that’s never stopped O’Neill before.

    4. fargo44
      July 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Well I think this is a good news bad news thing.

      First, it is unfortunate that someone with the mind set of Richard Cordray will serve as the very first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Indeed that new agency like most these days will probably not really protect consumers at all. Rather it but will be another federal obstacle for citizens that will disseminate a plethora of onerous rules and regulations. Cordray will amplify the pain cause by this new federal roadblock to free enterprise.

      On good side maybe John Kasich may have a relatively safe path to his second term leaving him fresher, wiser, confident and most important therefore more able to get some additional needed changes carried out in Ohio.

      For starters emulating success his counterparts in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan and coming up with a more sensible plan for finally making Ohio a right-to-work state and then breaking the hold of the blood sucking public employee unions at the same time restoring the financial future of our State. The first try, the Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 fiasco was not impressive. Though in my opinion, a lot of the blame for the public beating at the polls can also be charged off to the dis-functionality, incompetence and back-stabbing going on in the ORP.

      Maybe he can use his influence to bring the Ohio Republican Party back to some semblance of the days when it actually was an effective political organization. For two elections Ohio has gone to a democratic presidential candidate in part because the ORP has not have the foresight to shore up support in one of their traditional keys to a republican victory in the Buckeye — getting a large turn outs in the 60 or so more sparsely populated (<100,000 population) conservative rural counties.

      In 2012 the GOP was so badly out classed by the democratic GOTV that maybe most of the republican party leadership should have resigned in disgrace — but I'm sure that thought never enter their minds.

      Yes I know someone will want to point out that most statewide offices and the legislature are already in the hands of republicans. This is true but, in my opinion many of these gains are in spite of the Ohio GOP. Indeed I submit that they are a directly a result of the Ohio tea parties and their allies whose tireless and effective actions in 2010 delivered the republican landslide in that election. In the election of 2012 ground was lost again because the Tea Party momentum was blunted by harassment only from the Obama administration but also by disparagement from the establishment republicans.

      In my opinion, there are a number of those individuals elected in 2010 who had better start shoring up their standings with conservatives — or they will have to hope that John Kasich has long coattails in 2014.

      The last bit of good news — if Governor Kasich can get off to a good start in 2014 and then have a good second term he should be in good stead to take out Sherrod Brown in 2018.

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