Successful political campaigns sometimes catch a breeze they never counted on because of some unexpected occurrence that changes public attitudes between the time the candidates filed and the time the voters vote.
That was the case in the city of Toledo last year when former Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson mishandled the revelation that $8 million had been left sitting unused in a debt account for five years. Her inability to show leadership and transparency played into the hands of her opponent, Wade Kapszukiewicz, who went on to win the election.
The most recent mass shooting, which occurred Feb. 14 in Florida, should not be described as unexpected because mass shootings have become a regular occurrence. What’s different with the killings of 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., by a 19-year-old former student is that public opinion has shifted in favor of political leaders taking some action, even at the displeasure of the National Rifle Association.
Democratic governor candidate Dennis Kucinich quickly jumped on that issue with a position that aligns with the feelings of many Democratic voters.
Mr. Kucinich and his running mate, Akron city Councilman Tara Samples, are advocating for a…
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