Officials with the Ohio Republican Party say they are not actually interviewing potential candidates for attorney general at today's screening committee meeting. GOP Chief Bob Bennett says the purpose of the meeting is to talk about the possible candidates.
Many higher profile potential candidates say they are not going to run. Former AG's Betty Montgomery and Jim Petro, former US Senator Mike DeWine, and some county prosecutors say they won't run for the spot. One man is already in the running, but wants to talk to the GOP. Robert Owens, an attorney from Delaware, says he's running as an independent but would like the Republican party to endorse him.
Owens says he hasn't been given any indication by the party that they will put their support behind him. The Democratic candidate for Attorney General will likely be current state treasurer Richard Cordray. Gov. Strickland has pledged his support for Cordray. The Ohio Democratic Party is expected to formalize that decision this weekend.