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Strickland to hire GOP incumbents

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The Columbus Dispatch wrote Gov. Ted Strickland might have found a new formula for helping his fellow Democrats capture control of the Ohio House this year: If you can’t beat ’em, hire ’em.

Strickland already has been plenty helpful to House Democrats, particularly in their fundraising efforts. Now, in a move that has angered Republicans, he’s taking a new tack by hiring away GOP lawmakers in key districts.

In one day, House Republicans lost candidates in two swing seats that suddenly became much more competitive. Democrats need a net pickup of four seats to take control of the chamber for the first time since 1994.

The Strickland administration announced yesterday that it is creating a $115,000 position in the Ohio Department of Development for three-term Rep. Jim Raussen, R-Springdale.

Also yesterday, Sen. Robert F. Spada, R-North Royalton, informed House GOP campaign leaders that he would not seek election to the competitive 18th District in Cuyahoga County. Republicans say they are being told that Strickland also plans to name Spada to a government position, possibly on the State Employment Relations Board.


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