Ted Strickland still hates Cuyahoga County

Every politico knows that Northeast Ohio, specifically Cuyahoga and its adjacent counties, are the anchor to the Democrat vote in Ohio. During all of 2010, Third Base Politics highlighted how Ted Strickland and Chris Redfern were turning their back on Northeast Ohio and taking it for granted.

In February,

In 2006, Cuyahoga County and it’s directly adjacent counties accounted for 28% of the votes Ted Strickland needed to win the Ohio Governor’s race.

In other words, it’s the Democratic base of Ohio.

Now take this into account:

When political hopefuls declare their candidacies this week for November’s statewide elections, it will mark the first time in at least 70 years that a Democrat from Northeast Ohio will not be seeking an executive office. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern quickly dismisses the observation by saying, “the reliance on having a Northeast Ohio candidate in a statewide race, from a regional standpoint, has become less important. That’s not to suggest Northeast Ohio isn’t important. Obviously it is, but it is as important now as central Ohio or other parts of the state.”


And then, later that year we warned them after they ignored Cuyahoga again, even after Cleveland Democrats had expressed that they felt abandoned:

At the time, one Democrat big-whig said this:

Nationally known Democratic strategist Jerry Austin of Cleveland said this ticket will prove what elected officials in Northeast Ohio had suspected all along from the Strickland administration.

“Politicians up here have expressed frustration about the lack of attention from this administration for a while,” Austin said. “And now you turn around and there is no one on the ballot from Cuyahoga County. Well, now people think there is absolutely a disregard for Northeast Ohio going on.”

And Democratic State Senator Nina Turner said this:

“If anyone thinks they can disregard Cuyahoga County, then they are sadly mistaken,” Turner said. She added that “people are talking about this everywhere, young and old, average citizens to bigwigs.”

Well, here was Ted and Chris’ opportunity to do both the right thing in appointing an apolitical temporary Chief Justice and also appease their supposed allies in the Northeast.

And they blew it.

And then November. Lo and behold, Ted came up short in Cuyahoga County. Bigtime. 100,000 votes short of their goal.

Jerry Chabler, a Democratic party fund-raiser and operative, said Mr. Redfern raised more money than any other chairman he’s ever known. But a promised “get-out-the-vote” effort on Election Day in Cuyahoga County never materialized and he wants to know why.”There have been some folks who were disappointed in the failure of the vaunted get-out-the-vote effort. There’s no question about it. If we got 100,000 more votes out of Cuyahoga County, Ted Strickland would be the governor today. What exactly happened in Cuyahoga County I don’t know, but myself and other Democrats were led to believe there’d be this great get-out-the-vote program,” Mr. Chabler said.

So, with Ted presumably eyeing a run in 2014, you would think that he would want to patch things up and reestablish those relationships in Cleveland.

You would be wrong.

This past weekend, the Cuyahoga County Party Dinner was held. Guess who didn’t bother to go?

I’m sure Ted had a good excuse. If he wants the chance to run for his old job, he better hope it was good enough for the Northeast Ohio Democrats he ignored while he was governor.


Author: Nick

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.

2 thoughts on “Ted Strickland still hates Cuyahoga County”

  1. Still trying to understand how this is all going to play out in November–we are afraid that the metropolitan areas of OH, like Cleveland, Columbus, Cincy will vote Dem and by sheer numbers(be it from larger populations or voter fraud–yes, we said it) will cancel out the rest of the counties in the state.

    For example, in March, Romney won primarily in/around Cleveland, Columbus, Cincy with Santorum taking the majority of counties around OH–yet, Romney won the state/delegates. This same scenario could allow for BHO/Sherrod Brown to win OH.

    It’s very depressing here in NE OH–seems that for every one household that votes GOP in the suburbs, 2 households within the city vote for more taxpayer subsidies and the Dems who promote govt dependence (why else would someone like Dennis Kucinich keep getting elected???)

    Wake up people of NE OH–you are being used by the Dem party and what do you get in return–has your life gotten any better with Dems in charge of city hall/county govt/federal govt–NO–so why do you continue to allow yourselves to be sucked in by their lies–help yourselves for a change and stop voting for Dems who talk out of both sides of their mouths just to get you to vote for them!

  2. This article is a good one but in 1970 and 1974 John J. Gillian from Cincinnati was the democratic candidate for governor.

    NE Ohio is obviously still the base of power for democrats but its of the population as a percentage of the State is shrinking.

    Also a to “Anonymous” — true the cities are the population centers — but the reason that President Body Odor won in 2008 was that the dems had a massive ground roots organization into most of rural Ohio and managed to fool enough farmers and small town folk to vote for “hope and change” that the GOP advantage on their home turf was diminished. They are trying the same thing in 2012 but I think it will be harder to fool these folks the second time.

    But you have to ask were is the GOP grass root efforts like Rove created in 2004? More of Kevin DeWine’s “leadership” I suppose?

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