Ken Blackwell

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The world—and I do mean, the world, just about all of it—knows one Jerry Springer.

In Cincinnati, we know another. 

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Jim Rhodes, the late four-term governor of Ohio, could be a real pain in the neck.

He could also be a very funny man, in a Rhodesian, Southern Ohio kind of way.

I remember two days, both at the Ohio State Fair, where I experienced both Jims.

The first time was in 1994 and the second in 1998, long after Rhodes left office. Rhodes was getting up in years and couldn't walk the fairgrounds the way he did in the old days, when he was the grand poobah and chief architect of the annual summer event in Columbus.

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Published reports say President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Cincinnati Mayor, Ohio Treasurer and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell to lead his domestic transition team.

The Associated Press obtained an organizational chart for the transition team and reports former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who used to work for the FBI is leading national security planning. Joseph "Keith" Kellogg, a retired Army Lt. general, is heading defense planning. Blackwell will handle domestic issues.

One could hardly find two political figures whose beliefs are more far apart than Ken Blackwell and Jerry Springer.


Blackwell, the conservative Republican and believer in limited government and the power of the private sector.


Springer, the liberal Democrat, who went on from a career in Cincinnati politics and TV news to become an internationally known talk show host, and a liberal Democrat who believes that government is not the enemy but the friend of those trying to their lives.


Both come from vastly different backgrounds.