Strickland's henchman

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As Ted Strickland campaigns with the promise of being The Antidote to Republican corruption, one has to wonder about the Democratic gubernatorial candidate's own greased palms. After all, his inner circle includes Brian Hicks, former chief of staff to Governor Bob Taft -- and a man who doesn't shy away from accepting gifts in exchange for favors. Last year, Hicks was convicted of failing to disclose discount vacation stays at Tom Noe's Florida house. Hanging out with the man who drained the state of millions of dollars? How's Strickland gonna explain that one? The Hicks connection has largely been ignored by the mainstream press. If elected, will Strickland not owe favors in exchange for the more than $4 million Hicks has helped him raise? --Denise Grollmus

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