Self-imposed deadline looms for Strickland to announce Senate run

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – A spokesman with former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said an announcement could be coming in the next few weeks concerning the governor’s plan for the future.

The spokesman confirms the 73-year-old Strickland, who left office in 2011, is “seriously looking” at running for U.S. Senate in 2016 for the seat now held by Republican Rob Portman.

While Strickland has started the process of raising money, no formal announcement has been made about his candidacy.

A super PAC capable of raising unlimited donations is being launched to help Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman as his Ohio race for re-election heats up.

Barry Bennett is serving as campaign manager for the Fighting for Ohio Fund. He says it aims to raise $5 million to $10 million for Portman independently from his campaign committee.

Its contributions and expenditures must be publicly disclosed. Paperwork was being filed Wednesday.

Thirty-year-old Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld is already seeking the Democratic nomination.

Bennett says Portman’s fundraising power should come as no surprise to political challengers. He says it also shows Strickland how times have changed since he last ran for federal office.

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