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Jerry Springer attends the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2012 "Ripple of Hope" awards at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Monday Dec. 3, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Democrats are pushing Jerry Springer to run for Ohio governor


Bet not many of you saw this coming. 

Influential Ohio Democrats are pushing Jerry Springer, the former Cincinnati mayor and daytime TV host, to run for governor in 2018, Business Insider reported, citing "more than half a dozen Democrats familiar with the race."

Springer sought the Ohio governorship in 1982 and has been consistently active in state politics.

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Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland told Business insider he had discussed the possibility with Springer but said it was "a little early" to make an endorsement.

"I think he has a very strong ability to communicate what I think is the heart of the Democratic message," Strickland said. "I think he is a superb communicator."

A state Democratic leader told Business Insider that Springer said he would consider running for governor if he was "needed by the party."

Tim Burke, the Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman, said he did not "think Jerry has said no, but he certainly hasn't said yes, either."

If Springer were to throw his hat into the ring for the position, it wouldn't exactly be a cakewalk. There are many other potential and declared candidates in the race, including Rep. Betty Sutton. But some remain confident of Springer's chances.

"Jerry every year does a lot of Ohio Democratic Party county events," Burke said. "And whenever he does them, he always draws a good crowd. He continues to have a very real interest in Ohio politics." 

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