Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Are Dennis Kucinich and Todd Portune joining forces against Ed FitzGerald in Ohio governor's race?

The early days of a gubernatorial election year bring plenty of tips to a political reporter’s inbox. Many don’t pan out, and others we drop quickly because of their absurdity. But here’s one that became even more intriguing after we went directly to the subjects.

On Wednesday, a source told the Northeast Ohio Media Group of a telephone poll in the works that asks voters about a hypothetical Democratic ticket pushing former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich for governor. Kucinich’s running mate in this scenario: Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, who is openly exploring a run for the top spot.

The Ohio Democratic Party is aligned behind Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald as its candidate against Republican Gov. John Kasich. Portune expressed interest in a primary challenge last month, after FitzGerald’s first running mate, State Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati, dropped off the ticket due to his financial problems.

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