Sherrod Brown Financial Backer Plans Own Race in 2014

An Ohio Democratic lawyer and political activist who led fundraising for Senator Sherrod Brown’s successful 2012 re-election campaign doesn’t rest on his laurels — he’s already a candidate himself for a House seat in 2014.

Michael Wager, 61, will seek election in Ohio’s 14th District, according to papers filed this week with the Federal Election Commission.

“Although it does seem early, the two-year cycle seems to go by quite quickly, and the earlier I get in and raise the requisite funds and organize the requisite support, the more likely I’ll be in a position to win a primary, if any, and to prevail in a general election,” Wager told Political Capital today.

Wager presumably will be challenging Republican Dave Joyce, who was elected Nov. 6 to succeed retiring Republican Steve LaTourette. Joyce beat Democrat Dale Blanchard, 54 percent to 39 percent.

Wager served as finance chairman for Brown, who defeated Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel. Wager worked on Capitol Hill in the 1970s for Representatives Charles Vanik and Mary Rose Oakar of Ohio and Senator Lawton Chiles of Florida.

 

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