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Springer nixes run for Senate

Talkshow host has been mulling bid for several months

NEW YORK — Tabloid TV host Jerry Springer announced Wednesday he isn’t willing to give up his small-screen gig to run for U.S. senator from Ohio.

With much aplomb — and press coverage — Springer said he realized he couldn’t do both after canvassing voters. He has been mulling the Senate bid for several months.

“What I have also found is that the public seems to be asking, demanding and requiring that for me to be heard, I have to no longer do the show,” Springer said.

“As long as I’m still doing that show, my message — no matter how sincere, no matter how heartfelt –does not reach the people it needs to reach,” he said.

Springer, a Democrat, isn’t a new face on the political scene. He was a Cincinnati city councilman for five terms before being elected mayor in 1977. He ran for governor of Ohio in 1982 but was eliminated in the Democratic primary. He also worked on Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign.