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February 14, 2016

Rating Change: Ohio Governor

At the beginning of the cycle, Ohio Republican John R. Kasich looked like one of the most vulnerable governors in the country. But with just three months to go before the election, the incumbent’s prospects for re-election are getting better each day.

After some initial stumbles in office, Kasich has appeared to get his footing. And his opponent, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has had trouble getting off the ground. The Democrat hasn’t raised nearly enough money to knock off the incumbent.

We changed The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating of the race from Tossup/Tilts Republican to Leans Republican midday on Aug. 1.

A few hours later, FitzGerald was on the defensive for why he was with a woman who was not his wife in a parked car in a Cleveland suburb parking lot at 4:30 a.m. back in 2012. Even if you buy FitzGerald’s explanation, the situation can’t be encouraging for potential donors looking to invest in his candidacy.

  • Tim Mullen

    “Even if you buy FitzGerald’s explanation”; an explanation corroborated both by the Irish citizen in the car, and(!) the police officer called to investigate the parked car, thus eradicating any doubt about the veracity of said explanation, an evil, nasty little sewer rat like Rothenberg has to cast aspersions in order to further his Republican agenda. Why is this despicable excuse for a human being given any credibility in a supposedly serious outlet that Roll Call purports to be?

    • Stupendous Man

      What in God’s name are you talking about?

      • Tim Mullen

        In any basic grammatical undersanding of the English language Rothenberg’s phrase “Even if you buy FitzGerald’s explanation” can only be interpreted as casting doubt on said explanation. Given that the explanation has been corroborated by both the individual in the car with Mr FitzGerald and the police officer who attended the scene, there can be no room left for such doubt. Therefore Mr Rothenberg’s attempt to create doubt can only be attributed to partisan tabloid journalism of the worst kind. It is no secret in the world of political journalism that Rothenberg covets a spot on Fox News having lost his CNN gig for the repeated inaccuracies of his prognostications, so instead of his repeated holier-than-thou protestations of decency he should just admit the truth that he is a Republican who dislikes Democrats, and who uses his ridiculous “newsletter” to promote Republican candidates even when there are no facts to support such assertions.

        • David Levey

          I thought Rothenberg leaned Democrat, generally. And for gosh sakes, isn’t it odd that a healthy adult wouldn’t have a drivers license for years? Seems kind of strange a former FBI Agent, Fitzgerald, wouldn’t have a drivers license.

          • Art Bagnall

            You don’t have a brain yet you commented.

          • David Levey

            How would you know that? Are you Carnac the Magnificent? BTW what is your point? It is weird to be a healthy 45 year old not have a drivers license.

        • Eli Odell Jackson

          4.30 a.m.?
          I don’t know about you bud but I’m in bed, not hanging around in a strange woman’s car, parked in a secluded place.
          Maybe he bought off the deputy, all I know from here is it sure looks dodgy, and he’s a liberal democrat so it looks 10x dodgy.

      • Art Bagnall

        Something you apparently don’t agree with.
        So you have decided to launch an ad hominem attack on Mr. Mullen.
        Class. Minus the C and the L.

        • David Levey

          Another insightful comment from Mr. Bagnall.

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