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Cincinnati Enquirer cancels livestream with Todd Portune
Portune says the paper thought what he had to say wasn't worthy of live streaming

Jo Ingles
Commissioner Todd Portune says he understands it's a lot to ask someone to run with him against the stated preference.
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A Democrat who says he wants to run for Governor in the party’s primary this spring didn’t get the chance he had hoped for Thursday. Todd Portune was supposed to make an announcement on a livestream at the Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on why that didn’t happen.

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For weeks now, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has been talking about entering the Democratic primary against party favorite Ed FitzGerald.  So when word came he was going to make an announcement on the Cincinnati Enquirer’s livestream, political watchers thought Portune might be declaring he was entering the race. 

But minutes before the livestream was set to happen, Portune says he was told by the paper that they didn’t think what he had to say was worthy of live streaming.  So what did Portune want to say?

"I’m in this to the end."

Portune says he’s having trouble finding someone to run as lieutenant governor.  And he blames the Democratic Party.

"Anyone who would be willing to talk with me or work with me or ultimately run with me as part of the ticket would be doing so with fully knowledge and understanding that they would be running against the stated preference of the party so that’s a pretty tall order."

Portune has until February 5th to name a running mate and file his petition signatures to run in the primary.
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