Jerry Springer says his fame could help revitalize the Democratic Party if he's elected to the U.S. Senate next year.

"I could be an incredible voice in the Senate," Springer said Saturday at a meeting of the Ohio Young Democrats in Dayton. "Why? Because the media will cover me every single day."

The former Cincinnati mayor, best known for his television talk show in which guests frequently throw chairs and spew obscenities, acknowledged his fame isn't always an asset. The program's outrageous reputation would make the race difficult to win, he said.

Springer said he'd make a decision by the end of July.