Jerry Springer announces decision on running for Ohio governor

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Citing his age and responsibilities to his family, an emotional Jerry Springer announced Wednesday that he will not be running for governor of Ohio. 

“I have responsibilities that are my life,” Springer, a Democrat, said in The Jerry Springer Podcast. The decision came after Springer, 73, said he talked with his family over Thanksgiving.

Springer, a former Cincinnati mayor and tabloid talk show host, said this was not a point in his life where he could make a potentially five-year commitment to politics.

The announcement comes as Democrats expect former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leader Rich Cordray to enter the race. He resigned from the federal post last week.

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley are running for governor as Democrats.