Before becoming the talk show host that we all love (or hate), Springer was a semi-successful politician. He ran for the governor of Ohio (and lost) and lost an election for an Ohio seat in the U.S. Congress, but was a member of the Cincinnati city council and later appointed to the mayor of that city. He’s always run as a Democrat and described himself as liberal.
Springer’s charisma as a politician was evident. He resigned his post as a city councilman after it became clear that he had purchased a prostitute. But after an honest confession, he won his seat back the next year.3
Springer hosted a talk-radio show for a year in Cincinnati, which was a very liberal show and was even syndicated into various other Midwest cities.4 His famous daytime talk show, The Jerry Springer Show, showed a liberal sort-of patience and tolerance to a wide range of beliefs and viewpoints from transgendered moms to those with feet fetishes.
Springer is an Obama supporter and has even said Obama’s less-than-sympathetic views towards Israel won’t affect the Jewish vote for 2012 president. He has said:
"Overall, American Jews tend to be more progressive, more liberal, so [Obama] will probably still get the vote…I am very happy as an American Jew, and I have family in Israel, I am very happy to support Obama."
Party affiliation: Liberal Democratic Party