Thursday, May 31, 2012

Martin Sheen, also known as TV's President Bartlet, campaigns with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in Akron

AKRON, Ohio -- Josiah Bartlet, the fictional president played for seven years on television by Martin Sheen, left the White House six years ago when “The West Wing” went off the air.

But in the real world, fellow Democrats continue to ride his coattails.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown brought Sheen to Ohio this week for a series of events designed to inject enthusiasm and cash into his re-election campaign. On Thursday, they toured a Columbus-area food bank, rallied Brown supporters in Summit County and attended two fund-raisers -- one at the home of former Sen. John Glenn, the other in Shaker Heights.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald planting seeds for possible run for Ohio governor in 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a frequently mentioned prospect for statewide office, is sending strong signals that he is interested in seeking the governor's chair in 2014.

In recent weeks the Democrat has emerged as a top Cleveland-area surrogate for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, headlined a party fund-raiser in the Toledo area and met with influential leaders in other key parts of Ohio.

FitzGerald also is using the power of his current job to build a reputation as a consensus-builder and problem-solver. This week, for example, he convened elected officials from several counties to discuss a state-funded turnpike study but notably snubbed members of first-term Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration when they fished for invitations.

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