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Sun Jul 29, 2018, 09:25 AM

Cordray puts Republican governership in Jeopardy

Cross posted in Ohio group.

In 2016, Ohio overwhelmingly backed a rightwing populist with a domineering personality who hosted a reality TV show. In 2018, Democrats hope the state will vote for a progressive populist who was once a champion on Jeopardy.

Richard Cordray, the Democratic nominee for governor, possesses a unique anti-charisma. Before his political career, the earnest and lanky candidate used his Jeopardy winnings to pay his taxes and buy a used car. A former statewide elected official, he spent seven years in Washington as head of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) before launching his gubernatorial bid.

The Republican nominee is Ohio attorney general Mike DeWine, a fixture of Buckeye state politics who has been elected to both chambers of Congress and was lieutenant governor before becoming the top state law enforcement official in 2010, when he narrowly defeated the incumbent: Cordray.

In a set of high-stakes midterm elections, in a perennial swing state, this is one of the most important and closest gubernatorial races.


********* I loathe deWine, he is your typical numbskull Republican -- anti healthcare, anti-woman, anti public schools, pro-gun.
I wish Cordray were a little more forceful in his demeanor and speaking and had a clearer message to deliver, though.

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