DeWine-Husted to form ticket

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state - Dis­patch Wash­ing­ton Bureau Chief Jack Torry and Re­porter Jessica Wehrman con­trib­uted to this story. rlud­low@dis­ @RandyLud­low

re­signed last week as di­rec­tor of the fed­eral Con­sumer Fi­nan­cial Pro­tec­tion Bureau, will an­nounce no later than next week that he will seek the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion for gover­nor, mul­ti­ple sources told The Dis­patch. He is a for­mer Ohio at­tor­ney gen­eral and trea­surer.

And, rid­ing polling por­tray­ing them as the top con­tenders for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for gover­nor, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Mike DeWine and Sec­re­tary of State Jon Husted are team­ing up as a ticket

in a pow­er­house move con­sol­i­dat­ing their sup­port.

The DeWine-Husted ticket fea­tures the GOP pa­tri­arch in the top slot, with Husted be­com­ing a lieu­tenant gover­nor can­di­date — a launch­ing spot for a po­ten­tial run for gover­nor if they win.

The an­nounce­ment of the for­ma­tion of the ticket will come on Thurs­day at events in Day­ton and Colum­bus, a source with knowl­edge of the agree­ment told The Dis­patch on Wed­nes­day evening.

Cor­dray’s widely ex­pected an­nounce­ment of a gu­ber­na­to­rial run was con­firmed by three Demo­cratic sources who said they had per­son­ally spo­ken with the Grove City res­i­dent about his bid.

Other sources also said Cor­dray was ex­pected to an­nounce his run next week. He lost his bid for re-elec­tion as at­tor­ney gen­eral to DeWine by about 1 per­cent of the vote in 2010.

DeWine and Husted are form­ing their team well ahead of the Feb. 7 fil­ing dead­line for statewide ex­ec­u­tive of­fice.

The uni­fy­ing move by DeWine and Husted side­steps cam­paign­ing against and crit­i­ciz­ing each other and pre­serves their cam­paign cash, while two can­di­dates who trail in the race, Lt. Gov. Mary Tay­lor and U.S. Rep. Jim Re­nacci, dig for sup­port with Repub­li­can vot­ers in the May primary.

Shortly after 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, a DeWine cam­paign email in­vited sup­port­ers to at­tend a “spe­cial an­nounce­ment” at noon in Day­ton and 2:30 p.m. in Colum­bus at the Colum­bus Idea Foundry on West State Street.

The pair­ing brings to­gether both ex­pe­ri­ence and youth.

DeWine, 70, also is a for­mer U.S. se­na­tor, lieu­tenant gover­nor and con­gress­man. Husted, 50, is the for­mer speaker of the Ohio House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Both men also were per­form­ing well in cam­paign fundrais­ing, each with more than $4 mil­lion on hand at midyear. Re­nacci also had more than $4 mil­lion, thanks to a per­sonal loan of that amount to his cam­paign. DeWine loaned his cam­paign $1 mil­lion.

DeWine’s me­dia spokesman de­clined to com­ment, and Husted’s spokesman did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

The DeWine-Husted ticket lacks geo­graphic, gen­der and racial di­ver­sity. Both are white men from the Day­ton area — DeWine is from Cedarville and Husted is from Ket­ter­ing.

Re­nacci cam­paign spokesman James Slepian said the DeWine-Husted ticket uni­fies of­fice­hold­ers with more than 60 years as elected politi­cians.

“As we’ve said for months, this race will come down to a clear choice be­tween lib­eral Colum­bus ca­reer politi­cians and a con­ser­va­tive Colum­bus out­sider, Jim Re­nacci, who will break up the es­tab­lish­ment sta­tus quo and put Ohio first,” Slepian said.

Tay­lor’s cam­paign did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Democrats run­ning for gover­nor are state Sen. Joe Schi­avoni, Day­ton Mayor Nan Wha­ley, for­mer U.S. Rep. Betty Sut­ton, for­mer state Rep. Con­nie Pil­lich and Ohio Supreme Court Jus­tice Wil­liam M. O’Neill.

While Sut­ton largely bit her tongue and O’Neill has said he would drop out of the race if Cor­dray runs, the other three Demo­cratic can­di­dates were crit­i­cal of Cor­dray step­ping aside from the con­sumer pro­tec­tion bureau, po­ten­tially al­low­ing Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to de­rail part of its mis­sion.

Tay­lor and Re­nacci have made no an­nounce­ments re­gard­ing po­ten­tial run­ning mates. Nor have any of the Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­dates.




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