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Jerry Springer May Run For Governor Of Ohio

For anyone that has ever watched ‘The Jerry Springer Show,’ the fact that he has made some curious choices in the past is not a new revelation. During his show’s run, topics such as ‘brawling strippers’ and ‘the guy who married a horse’ have been bandied about. Viewers generally know what they’re signing up for: a salacious, tabloid-style talk show that’s designed to furrow brows and cause heads to shake vigorously. However, there is a serious side to Springer, and we may get to know more about that in the coming months.

As the Washington Post shares, Springer is seriously considering a bid to secure the Democratic nomination for Ohio governor. He’s been hinting at it for some time, and he addressed supporters at a rally in Cleveland earlier this week. He followed that up by taking questions from reporters, and he certainly sounded like a politician.

"I don't know that I'm going to do it, but if I do it, you can rest assured that everything that I've - all the progressive ideas I've had throughout my life I would bring to that office and our state government,” he said. "This can't be an ego thing. There are a lot of people that can be helpful. And I can be helpful. Whether I'd be helpful as a candidate would be a separate question. And it's a major commitment. It's a serious position and it deserves serious consideration."

He’s not quite ready to officially throw his hat into the ring, as he doesn’t want his candidacy to be viewed as nothing more than a sideshow.

"This time I'm treating it very seriously because it's a major, major position," he added. "I don't want to say to people, 'Please vote for me,' if I'm not ready to make that commitment."

While addressing the crowd, he hit the right notes to get supporters fired up.

"America is under attack," Springer said. "And I don't mean just by the Russians. And I don't mean that we're under attack just by terrorists. For the first time in my lifetime, I feel sometimes that working class America is under attack by its own government."

As for when he’ll make his final decision, he indicates that it’s coming soon.

"The seas will part, the skies will open," Springer said. "I have to make up my mind in the next month or so because it takes time to formulate the campaign. I realize I'm under the gun in terms of how soon a decision has to be made."

He acknowledges that his TV past may come back to haunt him, but he doesn’t sound all too concerned about that. As he sees it, it’s simply entertainment.

"This election wouldn't be about who gets the Emmy," he added. "Is my show stupid? Yeah, I say that all the time.”

For Springer to actually be successful, he’ll have to come up with policies that will actually resonate with Ohio voters. Name recognition only gets you so far, but he does seem to have plenty of folks that are encouraging him to run.

Source: Washington Post, SF Chronicle
Photo: YouTube

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