Published: Friday, November 10, 2006
DeWine offers Brown help with transition
DAYTON (AP) Sen. Mike DeWine, ousted from office by Democratic challenger Sherrod Brown in Tuesday's election, may pursue a teaching career.
The 59-year-old Republican said Wednesday that he won't rule out a future run for political office, but for now, he plans to move back home to Cedarville, about 20 miles east of Dayton where DeWine's political career started as a county prosecutor.
"I've always wanted to teach," DeWine said. "So I may be doing that."
DeWine said he and Brown had an amiable chat Tuesday night about the joys of being a senator and its responsibilities. DeWine said he offered to help Brown with the transition and said both men's staffs will be in contact in the days ahead.
DeWine said he and his campaign staff did everything they could to win the election but that the political environment in Washington and Ohio contributed to his defeat.
"There was nothing we could have done to win the race," he said. "In hindsight, it was a perfect storm. National scandals and state scandals came together. ... It was as bad here as it can get in any state."