It’s beginning to look a lot like 2018: We are seeing a potentially unprecedented level of posturing for a gubernatorial race that is nearly three years away.
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor began preparing two months ago for a crowded Republican primary by increasing her public profile and launching a political organization.
And now a “nonprofit group is … running ads touting Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted,” the Columbus Dispatch’s Alan Johnson reports. “The State Government Leadership Foundation, a decade-old nonprofit that supports Republican candidates, on Wednesday began running a ‘five-figure’ digital-only advertising campaign highlighting Husted’s ‘unwavering support for small business and free enterprise.'”
Also in the GOP mix is Attorney General Mike DeWine, widely believed to be behind the release of internal polling that showed him as the early front-runner.
The DeWine name will get a ballot workout in 2016: The attorney general’s son –Judge Pat DeWine from the 1st District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati – is running to succeed retiring Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer. The Democratic establishment hopes to counter with Judge Cynthia Rice of the Warren-based 11th District Court of Appeals, reports David Skolnick of the Youngstown Vindicator.