The Ohio Democratic Party learned the hard way last year when they picked just any candidate to run against what should of been beatable Republican candidates. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald made history by being one of the worst candidates to ever run for state office in the Buckeye state and ran quite possible one of the worst campaigns ever in American history that dragged down Democrats across the state and allowed for the Republicans to have a clean sweep on election night, leaving Senior Senator Sherrod Brown as the lone state-wide Democrat in this purple state.
The Ohio Democratic Party is determined to have a better showing in 2016 and they have the right candidate for the job. Former Governor Ted Strickland is a solid candidate that barely lost his re-election bid in 2010 during an extremely favorable GOP year. Once more there is a strong possibility that Columbus will host the Democratic National Convention, which is another kick start the Ohio Democratic Party could greatly use.
While Mr. Strickland has not officially came out and said anything, local newspapers in Ohio and donors are making it clear, he is running for the U.S Senate. Strickland will also resign from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, which he heads. Senator Rob Portman faces his own issues with his Republican Party, he famously split with his party when it came to gay marriage once his son came out as gay.
Cincinnati Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld (D) has already announced his candidacy to run against Portman.
Portman himself is gearing up for his re-election fight. He recently hired GOP operative Corry Bliss, who came in to rescue Sen. Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) 2014 re-election campaign, to run the Ohio campaign.