U.S. Senator Tim Ryan?
With what is expected to be today’s announcement that Ohio Republican U.S. Senator, George Voinovich, will not seek re-election, Dare To Dream will make a predictions concerning a possible successor.
Often mentioned as being “groomed” for bigger and better things, Ohio’s 17th District Congressman, Democrat Tim Ryan, seems to be a likely candidate and possibly the front runner in a race to replace Voinovich.
Congressman Ryan has strong labor ties, being from the Mahoning Valley, and has always considered himself leaning more to the “conservative” side of the spectrum as a moderate.
Ryan has been highly visible in his campaigning for other Democrats, both state wide and nationally, with being a strong supporter of Barack Obama after Senator Chris Dodd dropped out of the race. Ryan had declared himself a Dodd delegate early in the primary season.
If Ryan would enter into the 2010 Ohio Senate race, it is feasible that Ohio State Senator, Democrat Capri Cafaro from Ohio’s 32 District, would be the likely big name in running for Ryan’s congressional seat.
Even if Tim Ryan doesn’t run for the vacated Voinovich seat, Democrats have a shot at an open Senate seat in this battle ground state that voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 elections and elected Democrat Sherrod Brown to the senate in 2006.