Geraldo Won't Run; STEM Group Pushing Acton To Run

(Cleveland) - While a WTAM Talk host says he won't be running for the U.S. Senate, there's a push on to get Ohio's former state health director to run.

WTAM's Geraldo Rivera had been pondering a run for the seat being given up next year by U.S. Senator Rob Portman, but his pondering lasted less than two days. After confirming Wednesday evening he was considering a run, and talking about it on the air on WTAM Thursday morning., it was decided there wouldn't be a campaign. Geraldo's wife, Erica, confirmed it in a text message to the Cleveland Jewish News, and he confirmed it in a tweet, saying, "After a 36-hour pondering whirlwind I’ve decided not to seek public office. Erica and I deeply appreciate the good wishes of those cheering the idea."

Meanwhile, the 314 Action Fund is encouraging former Ohio Director of Health Amy Acton to run for the Democratic nomination for Portman's Senate seat. 314 Action Fund is a political action committee that recruits candidates from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields.

Acton has said she may consider a run for the Senate seat, but hasn't made it official yet. The only two official candidates so far are two Republicans, former State Treasurer Josh Mandel, and former state GOP Chair Jane Timken.

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