The Washington Post

Ohio Gov. John Kasich gets first likely challenger: Ed FitzGerald

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has formed an exploratory committee to run for governor, the first step toward a likely bid against Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R).

"Do we have to settle for a state government that robs our communities, forcing cuts to police, firefighters and teachers?" he asks in a three-minute video announcing his new committee and a listening tour of the state. "Do we have to settle for a governor who wants to impose new taxes on everyday Ohioans while giving big tax breaks to those at the top?"

Kasich has proposed a budget that would cut the state income tax while expanding the reach of the sales tax; polling suggests that the plan is not popular.

FitzGerald, a former mayor and FBI special agent, is seen by many national Democrats as the strongest challenger against Kasich. The state party emailed out his announcement, a sign of establishment backing.

"Democrats will field a strong candidate in Ohio," said Democratic Governors Association spokesman Danny Kanner. "Clearly, Ed FitzGerald would be a strong candidate."

Another potential candidate -- should he fail to win confirmation as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- is former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray.

Kasich has struggled with low approval ratings and a bruising battle with unions in 2011. But he has rebounded in recent months. A recent Quinnipiac survey finds that 53 percent of voters approve of Kasich while 32 percent disapprove. The same poll finds him beating FitzGerald and Cordray, as well as Reps. Tim Ryan and Betty Sutton.

FitzGerald is already up with a Web site, and someone has already launched a parody Twitter account that pans his launch.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Don’t be ‘that’ sports parent | On Parenting
Miss Manners: The technology's changed, but the rules are the same
A flood of refugees from Syria but only a trickle to America
Play Videos
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
Kids share best advice from mom
Using Fitbit to help kids lose weight
Play Videos
This man's job is binge-watching for Netflix
Transgender swimmer now on Harvard men's team
Portland's most important meal of the day
Play Videos
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
How much can one woman eat?
The signature drink of New Orleans
Next Story
Rachel Weiner · March 11, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.