In another conversation with Kirk Schuring (Republican - Ohio Senate - 29th), the SCPR was told that the chances of Schuring running are "between slim and none and Slim just left town."
An new name that came up in the first conversation was Jim Renacci. The Renacci name is not likely one that Stark Countians are familiar with. But he has quite a track record in Wadsworth, Columbus and in Pittsburgh, PA, his hometown area.
He is a certified public accountant with a strong, strong business background. With Stark County now experience 12% unemployment, could Renacci - with his business acument - be an attractive candidate to locals?
The Report went out on the Internet and looked up information about Renacci and rather than repeat that information here, here are some links for you to click on to find out more about him:
- From the Medina Gazette (a thoroughgoing bio on Renacci).
- His involvement with arena football in Columbus,
- A bit of negative press.
Yesterday, the SCPR ran a piece on Phil Kiko who is also said to be exploring a race against Boccieri. On Monday, the SCPR will publish a similar introductory piece on a third person who is considering getting into the "retire John Boccieri" political sweepstakes.
As the campaign progresses, the SCPR will be right on top of the inside story of who which Republican will end up as the Republican National Campaign Committee (RNCC) candidate for the 16th.
In the opinion of the SCPR Boccieri will be both more vulnerable and less vulnerable. More defeatable in the sense of having a voting record, if the challenger can use the record to separate some "independent" voters from Boccieri.
Less like to lose in the sense that Boccieri as an incumbent is building up a campaign war chest from sources that weren't up to supporting him prior to his election to the House and Boccieri voting their way. Morover, he gets opportunities for publicity on his work in Congress that are not available to challengers.
No matter who the Republican nominee is, the odds do not favor taking out incumbent Democrat John Boccieri. Any chance that the Republicans to reclaim this seat is probably in the 2010 election. If Boccieri wins in 2010, then it gets progressively more difficult to unseat him in succeeding elections.
Although the SCPR does not believe the report that Boccieri is considering abandoning Congress to run for lieutenant governor of Ohio as Ted Strickland's running mate, stranger things have happened in politics.
A challengers correct or incorrect assessment of Boccieri's future political plans could loom large in this race.