Tabloid TV star Jerry Springer could have been “Trump without the racism” in a bid to be governor of Ohio.

But even though Springer said a lot of President Trump’s populist vote would back him in a gubernatorial bid, it’s not going to happen.

The other six Democrats expected to run for Ohio governor are breathing a sigh of relief Thursday as Springer announced he won’t run.

The former tabloid talk show host (and ex-Cincinnati mayor) said on his podcast: “I have responsibilities that are my life.”

His announcement disappointed but didn’t surprise local Democrats. After hearing his announcement, Hamilton County Democratic Chairman Tim Burke emailed Springer Thursday morning.

Springer indicated spending time with family, particularly a new grandchild, played a role, said Hamilton County Democratic Chairman Tim Burke.

“It would be a lot of fun if he were the Democratic candidate,” Burke said in the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He would have taken a lot of heat, but Jerry is terrific on the stump.”

Springer said in February that he would be “Trump without the racism” because he could get a lot of the populist vote Donald Trump received, the paper said.

Remaining governor hopefuls include Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, former state Rep. Connie Pillich, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

“Democrats expect former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leader Rich Cordray to enter the race,” the paper said. “He resigned from the federal post last week.” Cordray ran the consumer protection agency for its first years of operation amid outrage from many Republicans who alleged his actions were anti-business.

When Cordray left his post last week, he appointed an interim replacement who became the center of a court dispute with President Trump who appointed his own interim director. A court then sided with Trump and the brief battle that grabbed national headlines was over.

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