Snollygoster is the new Ohio politics podcast from WOSU Public Media. Every week, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown dive into the week’s biggest stories in Columbus and around the state.
How many is too many? Eighteen candidates are trying to elbow their way into the Congressional seat left vacant by former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi. Meanwhile, the Republican governor race ads continue to sling mud and a Democratic underdog hopes the celebrity endorsement from Ed "Al Bundy" O'Neill will give his campaign a boost.
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In this week's episode:
Mary Taylor and Mike DeWine continue to spend big money on campaign ads despite the fact that polling shows DeWine with a double-digit lead. On the Democratic side, Richard Cordray appears to have an edge over his main rival Dennis Kucinich, but Modern Family and Married With Children actor Ed O'Neill is throwing his weight behind state Sen. Joe Schiavoni.
Ohio's 12th District
The rift in the GOP is playing out in the primary for Pat Tiberi's seat in Congress. Three mainstream Republicans may split the vote, leaving an opening for Liberty Township trustee Melanie Leneghan, a Trump supporter who has earned conservative cred from Ohio's U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan. Democrats are also serving up a crowded dish of candidates for primary voters.
John Kasich GPS
After a night out at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Gov. John Kasich appeared on CNN and was asked if he would run as an independent candidate in 2020. "I didn't leave the Republican Party. The Republican Party left me," was his reply.