Vicious chihuahua populist Rep. Dennis Kucinich, an ex-mayor of Cleveland, is running for president. Another Ohio ex-mayor, Jerry Springer, is thinking of running for the Senate. Kucinich was practically run out of town for dogmatically driving the city to financial ruin, among other sins. Springer resigned from Cincinnati City Council at the age of 30 when a personal check of his turned up in a police prostitution raid. But he ran again for city council and won and then became mayor in 1977. After he ran and lost for governor he went into TV and you know the rest of the story.
- Jerry Springer said he is not sure he can overcome his trash talk show host image for a possible run for a Democratic Senate seat.
“I can’t imagine anyone voting for me at this point,” the former Cincinnati mayor said Tuesday at a Democratic fund-raiser.
Springer is expected to make about a dozen appearances around Ohio before deciding this summer whether to seek the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican Sen. George Voinovich next year.
A poll released Monday by the University of Cincinnati found that 71 percent of voters surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of Springer, whose nationally syndicated show is known for racy topics and raunchy language.
He sounded like a candidate Tuesday night in a speech to a crowd of about 900 at the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s “Frolics for Funds” at a Dayton arena. [AP]
“Frolics for funds”? Jerry will write you a check.
Neither Springer nor Kucinich has much of a chance, but as I said before, I prefer the horndog to the demagogue any day of the week.