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Jerry Springer Considering Run For Ohio Governor

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Tabloid talk show host Jerry Springer, whose roots are in Ohio, could be entering the race for governor next year. He’s considered running statewide before, but there are signs he might be seriously considering it this time.

Springer has been doing focus groups and appearing at Democratic fundraisers, including one for state Rep. Janine Boyd.

“All I know for certain is he’s really strongly considering it,” Boyd said.

Republican strategist Mark Weaver is quick to bring up Springer’s tabloid-type show.

“It’s interesting that Jerry Springer is taking a break from filming episodes about jello wrestling dwarves and the women who love them," Weaver said.

University of Akron political scientist John Green says don’t count Springer out.

“His name recognition and his finances would put him in a good spot," Green said.

Those are things the four Democrats -- former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and state Sen. Joe Schiavoni  running for governor currently lack. Springer is expected to make his decision soon.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.