Krikorian Joins Democratic Party to Challenge Schmidt

Posted February 28, 2009 at 8:07am

David Krikorian, who sought Ohio’s 2nd district seat as an Independent in 2008, announced Friday he will make another bid in 2010 – but as a Democrat.

Krikorian, who took 18 percent in November, spoke to leaders of both parties before deciding to go after the Democratic nomination, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. But he may have a tough time winning over a party whose members may still blame him for Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt’s re-election.

“David was in to see me a couple weeks ago,” Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Tim Burke told the Enquirer. “It was clear he was thinking in this direction. It’s always good to see people come back into the Democratic Party, but he’s going to have some fence mending to do.”

Schmidt, now in her third term, won 45 percent of the vote in 2008, topping Democrat Victoria Wulsin (37 percent) and Krikorian.