The Governors: Ohio: Ex-Jolly Fat Man

By playing the role of the jolly fat man, Ohio Democrat Mike Di Salle helped make himself a political success. But after he was elected Governor in 1958, Di Salle got serious. He wanted to be remembered as the man who had wrought great improvements in his state's highway, education and mental-health programs. Instead, he was criticized for raising taxes by $310 million. Di Salle brooded over his misfortune, then got mad. In so doing he committed political suicide.

Among the many things that annoyed Di Salle in 1962 was his inability to come to grips with his gubernatorial opponent, State...

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