Expected to support Ed FitzGerald in 2014.
(Columbus) - Congressman Tim Ryan has decided "not" to run for Ohio governor. His decision was announced Friday morning.
In statement, Ryan said that “it has become increasingly clear to me that I will be able to do more for the region, state, and country by continuing to serve in the House of Representatives rather than running for governor.”
On Monday, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced the formation of an exploratory committee. It allows him to raise money for a possible run.
Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:
“I’m proud of the important work Congressman Tim Ryan has done for the people of the Mahoning Valley, and all of Ohio, serving as an outspoken hero for our working class. Although Tim decided to continue serving the people of his District in Congress, he is a rising star in both the Ohio and National Democratic Party, and his future is very bright.
“As we hold Governor Kasich accountable for his efforts to reward his rich friends at the expense of the middle-class, I’m sure Tim Ryan will be on the front line, standing up for Ohioans everywhere.”
Crain's Business Cleveland says this narrows the pool of candidates:
Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton also is believed to be considering a run.
Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, whose nomination to lead the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is stalled in the Senate, might be a candidate, too, if he doesn't win confirmation in Washington, D.C.
Former Gov. Ted Strickland withdrew his name from consideration in January.
Ryan will be attending a democratic-party event in Columbus Friday night where he's expected to support Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald in his bid for the top job in ohio.
Congressman Ryan is expected to comment sometime early this afternoon.
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