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08-18-03: Springer to speak in St. Marys

Auglaize County Democrats plan meal

    Television's maestro of tales of jilted lovers and bizarre love triangles - Jerry Springer - will be the keynote speaker at the Auglaize County Democrat Fall Dinner in St. Marys.
    Democratic party leaders, including state Rep. Derrick Seaver, D-Minster, announced Springer's appearance in a news release during the weekend. The Democrat Fall Dinner is set for Sept. 18 at the St. Marys Theater.
    Springer, one of the pioneers of raunchy talk shows on television, recently decided not to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio because he feared voters would not be able to "see through the clutter of the show."
    St. Marys attorney William Huber, one of the organizers of the event, said party officials originally planned to stage a debate between Springer and state Sen. Eric Fingerhut, D-Cleveland, who plans to run against incumbent U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine. Springer and Fingerhut would have faced each other in the May 2004 primary election if Springer had proceeded with his Senate bid.
    Huber said it was Seaver who stepped in and convinced Springer to make an appearance anyway at the annual fall event. Fingerhut will not be part of the event. Seaver could not be reached for comment this morning at his home in Minster or his Columbus office. In the news release, Seaver said he is pleased that someone "as articulate and involved as is Springer consented to come to Auglaize County."
    When Huber was asked if Springer's political stances would appeal to Democratic voters in the Grand Lake St. Marys area and across Ohio, he deferred to the will of the voting public.
    "That would have been up to the voters in a primary election," Huber said. "I think he recognized that his show plays a role in his perception. I think probably he has to either do the show or be the candidate."
    Party officials are expecting a larger than normal turnout to see their high-profile guest, hence the move to the St. Marys Theater, Huber said. Tickets for the event are available by calling 419-628-2151.
    In addition to his work on television, Springer has some past political roots in Ohio, having served as city councilman and mayor of Cincinnati.


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