OH-Sen: Ryan Leaning Against Running
by Scott Shields, Tue Aug 16, 2005 at 11:16:40 AM EDT
Ryan said he'll make a decision around Labor Day.
"In the Senate, you can do more," he said. "It's like this area hitting the lottery. That part is good, very good. The downside is it would be a brutal 14 months."
Two other key issues are money and giving up his current position, he said. Ryan said he'd need $12 million for the race. Also, he couldn't run for a third term to the House if he got into the Senate race.
"The difficult part is it's risky," he said. "But it's never easy to tell Schumer and Reid, 'I don't know.' They wanted me in the race last week."
Tim Ryan is a very conservative Democrat and former staffer of his predecessor, the infamous James Traficant. So in my opinion, the fact that he probably won't run isn't a disaster. Ohio Democrats are still left with two strong candidates in Sherrod Brown and -- if he decides to run -- Paul Hackett. Both are easily more progressive than Ryan.
Chris listed DeWine as the number one Democratic target in the Senate, which I'd tend to agree with. Not only is there widespread disgust with the scandal-plagued Ohio GOP, DeWine particularly has lost support of many Republicans due to his pro-gun control positions and membership in the filibuster-saving Gang of 14. I certainly wouldn't take DeWine off the list just because Ryan isn't running. Now that the field has gotten a bit smaller, I'd love to hear what Hackett's plans are.
Update: (Chris) Well, DeWine has a challenger now. Wingnut millionaire John Hirtz will challenge him in the primary.