Cordray accepts endorsement of 3rd former rival in Ohio race

Richard Cordray. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A third Democrat has left Ohio’s governor’s race and endorsed former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray.

Ex-state Rep. Connie Pillich’s anticipated withdrawal Wednesday left no woman leading a Democratic ticket — but she, Cordray and Cordray’s female running mate said that doesn’t mean women will play a back seat role.

Cordray dismissed as “dumb” a rival’s suggestion that party insiders are forcing aside qualified candidates to help hand him the nomination. He said he’s gathering them into a coalition that can win against Republicans.

Pillich and former U.S. Rep. and running mate Betty Sutton pushed back on questions of the gender optics of their decisions.

Sutton said the 58-year-old Cordray has “earned his way” to topping the ticket through decades of public service at the local, state and federal levels. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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