White House is Deeply Worried about Ted Strickland’s Re-Election Chances
Winnie Cooper and her lustrous hair speaks!:
The White House is taking an increasingly active role in 2010 gubernatorial contests in key battleground states.
Administration officials have used a variety of tactics to ensure Democrats retain the governor’s mansion in at least four states.[...]
The economic downturn has drained state coffers, leading many governments to increase fees and cut services, and unemployment remains10 percent. Incumbent governors nationwide are bearing the brunt of the growing public anxiety. Democrats hold 19 of the 37 governorships up in 2010.
All this has Republicans wondering who will be next and whether the Obama administration will play a role in encouraging more departures.
Near the top of the list of vulnerable Democratic incumbents are Iowa Gov. Chet Culver and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
Strickland, a former six-term congressman, has seen his popularity drop as the state grapples with a budget crisis and high unemployment. Still, his campaign is adamant he’s not dropping out.
“This wishful thinking on the part of national Republicans has absolutely no basis in reality. In the coming weeks, both President Obama and Vice President Biden will be in Ohio,” said Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for the governor’s campaign. “Rather than playing these political games, Governor Strickland remains focused on leading Ohio out of the worst economic recession in 70 years.”
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