Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland weighed in last week on the speculation that Rob Portman, Ohio's junior U.S. Senator, would be the GOP's vice presidential candidate.
Portman, the Cincinnati Republican, ''would be in some ways the safest person'' among the names being suggested to be Mitt Romney's running mate, said Strickland.
''He's a very conservative guy with good manners and that causes some people to think he may be a little more moderate than he is,'' Strickland said during a conference call to reporters.
But be wary, said Strickland, a Democrat and a national co-chair for the Obama for America campaign.
Portman has a history with the (President George W.) ''Bush administration and with the Bush decision-making and Bush economy,'' Strickland said.
Portman was the U.S. Trade Representative under Bush and then went on to become Bush's director of the Office of Budget and Management.
''I think those are questions and experiences he is going to have to answer to if he were to be the choice,'' Strickland said.
The former governor continued, ''he's not a bad person personally, but he has a history and he's going to have to live with that history if he were to be chosen as the vice presidential candidate.''
Was Strickland offering a glimpse at how Democrats would attack Portman if he was the vice-presidential candidate?
Last week, this space was used to name the 11 delegates - six men, five women and one female alternate - elected to represent the 17th U.S. Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. in September.
Also, there was some explanation about the process.
Well, this week, it's Republicans.
The local level delegate slate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney is Allan Banner, Craig Bonar, Anne Orosz and the alternate delegates are Mark Munroe, Kathleen O'Neil and Frances Bucholzer.
Unlike Democrats, who elected delegates, Republican presidential candidates identified six people they wanted as delegates and submitted those names to the Ohio Republican Party before the March primary election.
Those were the people Romney's campaign provided.
Former presidential contender Rick Santorum did not file for district level delegates in the 13th Congressional District, which includes portions of Trumbull and Mahoning counties.
Another difference is Republicans picked within Ohio's new 13 U.S. Congressional District, not the old 17th District, like Democrats. The district is large portions of Trumbull and Portage counties and smaller parts of Mahoning and Summit counties. Boundaries were redrawn after the 2010 census.
The GOP convention is Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.