Jerry, Jerry, Jerry…that’s what the crowd called out on “The Jerry Springer Show” on daytime TV. And now some influential people in Ohio are calling “Jerry” for a possible run for governor. Ohio Democrats are pushing the former Cincinnati mayor and daytime TV host to consider a run in 2018.
Springer sought the Democratic nomination for governor of Ohio in 1982 and remains very active in state politics. Some are thinking that he could be a good fit now considering the current nation-wide political climate. In the era of President Donald Trump, Springer would be similar by providing his funding for a campaign and in his ability to connect with working-class voters.
Former Ohio governor, Ted Strickland, and Tim Burke, the Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman both are discussing Jerry Springer’s possible candidacy. Strickland confirmed to “Business Insider” that he had discussed a potential run with Springer. He said that Springer “certainly would start out with wide name recognition. I think he has a very strong ability to communicate what I think is the heart of the Democratic message.”
The 73-year-old daytime talk show host will give the keynote address at the Geauga County Democratic Party dinner next month and also keynoted a similar dinner for the Sandusky County Democratic Party. Springer also met repeatedly with many Ohio Democrats and state power brokers. Although Springer has said in the past that he did not “need” to run for office, Springer also indicated that he would consider running if he were “needed by the party.”
Springer said this to Business Insider, “The issue of me running for political office frequently comes up because I am constantly touring around, giving speeches and raising money for the party,” he said in a statement. “Truthfully, I’ve been doing that for at least the last 30 years as a private citizen because I believe joining the conversation is part of being a good citizen. If I do ever decide to throw my hat in the ring…I will let people know. At this point…I don’t even have a hat.” When he spoke with The Cincinnati Enquirer in February, he painted himself as a “populist, liberal, progressive.” He said that the idea of running for governor had gained steam because of Trump’s victory. “What’s probably giving it more juice this time is the Trump victory,” Springer told The Enquirer. “People are thinking that somebody outside the traditional political establishment can win. His constituency is basically mine. These are fans of the show. I could be Trump without the racism.”
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Credit: Business Insider