Ex-Ohio governor takes position at policy center

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's former governor has been named head of the advocacy arm of a progressive think tank in Washington.

Democrat Ted Strickland says he'll become president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund on April 1.

Strickland said the job entails blogging and traveling around the country talking about liberal causes such as minimum-wage increases, immigration reform, pay equity, workers' rights, abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Working at the nonprofit precludes him from making commercials or holding fundraisers for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald in his fall campaign against Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

Kasich ousted Strickland from Ohio's governorship in 2010.

Strickland said working for the center will give him a forum to continue working for causes he believes in despite not holding elective office.

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