(Cleveland) - Ed FitzGerald's race for the Governor's mansion may be picking up steam.

Kent Markus has contributed $500 to the FitzGerald campaign. Marcus is a close friend and government aide to fellow Democrat Richard Cordray who is also said to be considering a run for governor in 2014.

Richard Cordray

Cordray has yet to announce a decision, but the donation may indicate that support is starting to shift to FitzGerald.

Baldwin-Wallace University political science professor Dr. Thomas Sutton speculates that if Cordray is not able to win confirmation as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau he may return to Ohio to run the Democratic Primary.

Ed FitzGerald

Sutton tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, the former Ohio Attorney General would be a tough opponent for FitzGerald, because the Cuyahoga County Executive has little name recognition outside of northeast Ohio.

However, Sutton predicts that FitzGerald and Cordray would have a difficult time unseating current Governor John Kasich, especially if both candidates are involved a tough primary battle. He says Republicans are already taking pot shots at FitzGerald's reputation as a reformer and corruption fighter.

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