Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Primary challenge for FitzGerald? Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune may run for governor

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, once confident of a clear Democratic field in his bid for governor, soon could have a primary challenger.

Todd Portune, an attorney and Hamilton County commissioner, said Tuesday that he is considering a run and will make a decision in the next two weeks -- by year's end.

His interest is a fresh sign of potential trouble for FitzGerald. The former Lakewood mayor is searching for a new running mate after financial problems chased his first pick, State Sen. Eric Kearney, from the race last week amid questions of poor vetting.

In an interview with the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Portune said he had earlier ruled out a bid to unseat Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014. But Portune began having second thoughts when Kearney, a friend and fellow Cincinnatian, was dumped from the ticket.

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