DeWine-Husted to form ticket
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.