Jerry Springer considering Senate run..

  1. oh boy...


    springer discusses u.s. senate run, says his tv show doesn't define him

    03/12/03

    mark naymik
    plain dealer reporter


    dayton- tv talk show host jerry springer took center stage yesterday without the backing of the customary cheer: "jerry! jerry! jerry!"

    working a crowd of about 800 dayton-area democrats instead of his usually raucous television audience, the former cincinnati mayor tried to convince party members that his sometimes risqué show does not define his character and that he might make a credible 2004 candidate for the u.s. senate. "nobody in their right mind should be voting for me based on my show," he said before speaking at the montgomery county democratic party's evening fund-raiser.


    springer, who arrived in a limousine and stopped to pose for photographs and sign autographs, overshadowed the appearance of state sen. eric fingerhut, the only declared candidate for the senate seat currently held by republican george voinvovich.

    both men were invited to speak for about 10 minutes during the dinner. neither mentioned the other on stage. fingerhut and springer met for the first time an hour earlier at a private gathering with party members.

    springer used his 10 minutes to speak against president bush's handling of iraq.

    "by starting a war in the middle east, we don't protect the security of americans," he said.

    fingerhut devoted his time to highlighting his background as a middle-class democrat and his accomplishments as a state senator and former congressman. he also promised to make education a key issue of his campaign and "challenge george voinovich's record every day" before the general election.

    before the gathering, fingerhut complimented springer.

    "he's clearly a bright guy and cares a lot about the issues," fingerhut said. "we both should be judged by what we have done with our lives."

    but he described the attention given to springer as a "circus."

    springer said fingerhut is a "nice fellow."

    most ohio voters recognize springer's name but have a low opinion of him as a candidate, according to a recent ohio poll conducted by the university of cincinnati's institute for policy research.

    the poll of 638 registered voters showed that 98 percent of those polled heard of springer but 71 percent of them had an unfavorable opinion of him.

    springer said last night that he would spend $5 million to $10 million of his own money to help change the negative perception voters have of him.

    "i have to put my money where my mouth is," he said.

    tim knight, a dayton democrat and union member, said he would vote for springer if he is the party's endorsed candidate.

    "i'm a good democrat and i'll support him if he's the only one," knight said.




    glad i don't live in ohio. sorry if i offended any of you jerry springer fans but he is just not my cup of tea.
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   eltrip
    Considering the side-shows produced by our politicians, he should fit in just fine!
  4. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by eltrip
    Considering the side-shows produced by our politicians, he should fit in just fine!
    That thought crossed my mind too!! Congress may be just where he belongs....
  5. by   CountrifiedRN
    Ugh, can't stand that guy! He makes me want to hurl!

  6. by   RNonsense
    Wasn't Jerry Springer in politics before? Mayor? Councilman? Something in Chicago...
  7. by   RNonsense
    the former Cincinnati mayor

    Farg,,,didn't see that. Sorry...
  8. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by RNonsense
    Wasn't Jerry Springer in politics before? Mayor? Councilman? Something in Chicago...
    I believe the article said he was mayor of Cincinnati at one time....:imbar
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    He WAS mayor of Cincinatti (or another big Ohio city) once if I recall. Hey, if a movie star can be President, why NOT Jerry for Congress? I think the guy's a sicko and the title "ringmaster" fits to a tee. But, hey, it's a free country and he just might win, given his cult popularity with his idiotic TV show......
  10. by   deespoohbear
    We had that wrestling guy who became governor of Minnesota (I think it was Minnesota). Ventura or something like that, I believe. Anyone who can help me out? Plus is there anyone here that may have lived in Cincy at the time Jerry Springer was mayor?
  11. by   ShandyLynnRN
    you've gotta be kidding me!
  12. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by deespoohbear
    We had that wrestling guy who became governor of Minnesota (I think it was Minnesota). Ventura or something like that, I believe. Anyone who can help me out? Plus is there anyone here that may have lived in Cincy at the time Jerry Springer was mayor?
    Jesse Ventura...won by a landslide. I heard a lot of good things about him though as governor. He told it like it was and hey, who was going to argue with him?



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  13. by   DebsZoo
    Ughh........but then, it IS America, and anyone with such a desire has the right.........................
  14. by   night owl
    Yup, it's launching time

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