Jerry Springer doesn't expect to run in Ohio

** FILE ** In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008 picture, Jerry Springer arrives at NBC's Fall Premiere Party, in Los Angeles. "America's Got Talent" isn't getting more of Jerry Springer. Springer says he won't return as host of the NBC talent contest this summer. In a statement Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 Springer said he's leaving the show because of other commitments, including his syndicated talk show and a stage role. He didn't offer details about the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

March 12, 2013 7:29:28 AM PDT
Daytime television host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer doesn't see himself getting back into elective politics.

Springer's name has been bandied in recent years in Ohio as a possible Democratic candidate for Congress or governor. But he tells The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) that he's only a year away from turning 70, and with each year, it becomes less likely. But he remains active politically speaking and raising money.

While on city council, Springer was caught in a scandal over paying for sex. He says the incident "probably gets better in terms of legend." He calls it more of an embarrassment than comparable to a politician stealing from the city treasury.

Springer says he doesn't find his free-wheeling tabloid TV show shocking, no more than what is in daily newspapers.