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Kasich Says He'll Back Taylor If She Runs

Karen Kasler
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor campaigned with Gov. John Kasich in October 2014.

It could be a crowded field of Republican candidates for Ohio governor next year. The current governor says he knows who’ll he back if she follows predictions in joining the race.

When speaking to a forum of newspaper editors and publishers this week, John Kasich admitted he does have a preference among the Republicans who’ve expressed an interest in running for governor, though he said in the presidential race endorsements didn’t mean much.

“I’m going to be for Mary Taylor if she runs – I’ve already said that. She’s the Lieutenant Governor and she has been a good partner, and she walked away from her own job and so that’s what I will do," Kasich said.

“But we don’t have any declared candidates, so we’ll see how this all goes,” Kasich added.

There had been reports that Kasich was upset with Taylor for supporting Jane Timken over his choice Matt Borges in last month’s state party chair election.

Taylor has been a bit more coy about her plans than Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has said he will run, and Secretary of State Jon Husted,who’s hinted he might run.

Northeast Ohio Congressman Jim Renacci is also reportedly investigating a run.