February 14, 2006


Fingerhut abandons plans for governor's race (Julie Carr Smyth, 2/14/06, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

After a series of political blows to his short-lived campaign for governor, Democratic State Sen. Eric Fingerhut has decided to exit the race. [...]

Fingerhut, a respected lawyer and former congressman, faced an uphill battle in his bid for the Democratic nomination. He was opposing U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, a strong front-runner, and challenger Bryan Flannery, a former state representative from Strongsville.

But as with his run against popular U.S. Sen. George Voinovich in 2004, Fingerhut appeared primed for a challenge - until Strickland's selection of former state attorney general and onetime gubernatorial nominee Lee Fisher as his running mate.

The move was seen as stripping away much of Fingerhut's ability to raise money in the politically generous Jewish community, where Fisher has a proven track record.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 9:47 AM

So this guy can't run for governor because of a lack of Joooowish money.

Where have I heard this sort of thing before? Was it Egypt, Botswana, Singapore?

]WAIT! I remember! I think it was somewhere in Europe.

Posted by: obc at February 14, 2006 10:04 AM

I need to share my Lee Fisher story. Not likely that he will ever appear here again.

Fisher lived one street from my old house. Fisher ran and lost for governor 8 years ago. At Halloween, about a week before theelection, a girl about 10 years old had a Fisher for Governor button. Nothing really unusual, it is a very liberal area. I joked that the button made her costume the scariest that year. Lo and behold, out of the shadows stepped her Dad, Lee Fisher himself. I shook his hand of course and was a tad embarrassed. I'm sure that it was a coincidence that he took her out that year, never saw him trick or treating before.

Posted by: Bob at February 14, 2006 11:29 AM

Fingerhut is a Jew from Cleveland as id Fisher. I assume that the powers that be told him, not this year, wait your turn.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 14, 2006 11:32 AM

Fisher is sometimes known as "Landslide Lee" after he won his first run for attorney general by 1,234 votes statewide. He lost the second time 'round, rather substantially, to Betty Montgomery.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 14, 2006 12:09 PM

At the time Betty Montgomery was a unknown. Fisher also lost to Taft for governor 8 years ago. He is more likely to put the world to sleep than set it on fire.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 14, 2006 11:55 PM