Talk-show host Jerry Springer grew up in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens in New York City, the same neighborhood where his former boss, Rep. Bob Turner, set up his first district office. Turner, a former cable network executive, was once responsible for producing The Jerry Springer Show.
Before and after the election, the media personality talked admirably about his former boss. He most recently described Turner as a "good man of good character" to Roll Call. But Springer is a Democrat — a former elected official who is still very active within the party as a fundraiser.
He ran for Congress in 1970 in Ohio and got 45 percent of the vote in a loss to GOP incumbent Donald Clancy. A year later, he was elected to the Cincinnati City Council, but he resigned in 1974 after admitting to hiring a prostitute and paying with a check.
But Springer won back his seat on the city council and was elected by the council to serve as mayor for one year in 1977. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1980, and he seriously considered running for the Senate more than two decades later. He ultimately declined a bid.
Between television and his Las Vegas shows, Springer still makes plenty of time for politics.
He was recently in Cincinnati, helping local Democrats gather enough signatures to challenge an effort by Ohio Republicans to put more constraints on early and absentee voting. Voting rights has always been a passionate issue for Springer. More than 30 years ago, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18.
Back in the 9th district, Springer didn't have any concerns that Turner will fall to the same fate as Weiner, but the political difference remains.
"He'll do his job, but from my point of view, he'll vote the wrong way," Springer said.