Ted Strickland has a lot of work to do in the next few weeks before he leaves the governor's office. One controversial task is appointing someone to the seat that Justice Maureen O'Connor will leave vacant as she moves up to Chief Justice. All but one of the court's seven justices are Republicans, and the Democratic Strickland gets the chance to make appointment because the seat is vacant on January 1, and Kasich isn't sworn in till January 10. The governor said there is no doubt that he will make that appointment.
Right after the election, there was widespread speculation that outgoing Attorney General Richard Cordray would be Strickland's choice for the high court, but some pundits have suggested that Cordray might not want to make that move if he wants to run for another office - such as governor.