Tuesday November 17th 2020
Haydn Straus rules out 2022 Presidential run but is "considering Ohio gubernatorial bid"
Former Ohio Senator Haydn Straus and the 2018 Green party nominee for President has told NBS today that he has ruled out running for President in two years time.
"I am not going to be seeking the presidency in 2022, but I am considering running for Ohio Governor as a Green". Straus said he had been "very pleased " with the Green parties performance in the mid-term elections in the state-wide races.
"I think we did very well, gaining over 10% in Rhode Island in the gubernatorial election was a great result, Anderson Gerald is a great green candidate and has a real future in the party". Susan Buckner who was Straus running-mate two years ago, had been seen by many as the front-runner for the Green party Presidential nomination in two years time, but it is well know that the two had a rather frosty relationship after their bitter nomination fight, and Straus mentioning Gerald could be regarded as a unofficial endorsement if the Rhode Island activist lawyer decides to run for the Green party Presidential nomination in 2022.
Straus said he was considering running for Ohio Governor in two years time instead of a Presidential run. Straus polled 12.39% in his own state in 2018, and was elected to the Senate (as a Democrat) in 2010, before declining to seek re-election in 2016. "I am considering running for Governor in Ohio, I liked Governor Tate (the Democratic Governor defeated by former Airforce General Art Scheider), but Governor Scheider has shown himself to be the worst of the Republican party, he is out of his depth, he is a bully and seems to think he is still a General issuing orders, rather than governing". It depends on who the Democrats run, but at the moment I am preparing to run for Governor".
Regarding President Seaborn's first two years in office, he said "Of course I would say he hasn't done everything in office I would have done as President, but he has done some good positive things, like the Civil Rights Act" but he added "he has made some positive steps regarding a green agenda, but he needs to do more".