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FitzGerald spends little on primary against ex-inmate, focuses on fall race

Published: Thu, April 17, 2014 @ 12:15 a.m.





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By David Skolnick



The Democratic primary for governor between Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the state party’s endorsed candidate, and Larry Ealy, who’s served time in a county jail and has never held elected office, is the only statewide race on the May 6 ballot.

FitzGerald apparently doesn’t put too much stock in the old political adage that “there are only two ways to run for office: unopposed and scared.”

When asked about Ealy, FitzGerald said his primary election spending will be “gas money; very, very, very little” money. “We’re running a campaign, but we’re not spending anything significant.”

Instead, FitzGerald is focused on Gov. John Kasich, a Republican seeking re-election, and he’s pleased he’s not facing a known challenger in the primary.

“It would have probably cost extra millions of dollars that we couldn’t necessarily afford,” he said. “It’s an advantage. The Democratic Party is basically united and we can focus on John Kasich and we can focus on the shortcomings of his record.”

Ealy of Montgomery County failed to return recent phone calls from The Vindicator to discuss the race and declined to fill out the newspaper’s candidate questionnaire. When asked if he would meet with The Vindicator editorial board, Ealy said he didn’t know where Youngstown is located.

But in a February interview with the newspaper’s Columbus correspondent, Ealy said he was running for governor to free “some people down there in the Montgomery County jail on false charges” and said he told some inmates that he would “be back to clean this jail out.”

With his focus on Kasich, FitzGerald said of the Republican governor: “I don’t think the economy in Ohio is working for most people. In Ohio, you’ve got about half of the state that lives paycheck to paycheck. You have a lot of wage stagnation and income stagnation. You have some growth in employment, but very mild. The governor’s claims to the contrary to me just shows he’s not in touch with the average person in Ohio.”

The Ohio Republican Party has said the contrary with Chris Schrimpf, its spokesman, saying Kasich “got the state’s finances back on track.”

Kasich has repeatedly said he inherited a state budget shortfall of about $8 billion and balanced it.

But FitzGerald said Kasich do so by cutting the Local Government Fund by nearly 50 percent, which has harmed cities, villages, townships and counties.

“There’s that much of a disconnect; the governor is just unwilling to concede that he balanced the state budget by unbalancing local budgets,” FitzGerald said.

As for how he’ll beat Kasich, who will easily outspend and raise more money, FitzGerald said, “We have to run a campaign that’s going to be vibrant enough and aggressive enough to tell the other side of the story.”


1Knightcap(699 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

FitzGerald needs a plan and a good one if he thinks he could beat Kasich. He can't win by just criticizing the governor and keeps saying "he's out of touch". You have to roll out a plan on what you are going to do for Ohio and how you will implement. Kasich was upfront with the people on what he was going to do and they voted for him. My suggestion to the democrat endorsed is to make public school funding and the over reliance of property tax on single family home owners your main issue. Kasich has the income tax reduction as one of his accomplishments. That's fine but the person making 200K is getting back more than the one making 50K. If you can reduce or remove property tax from the home owner, that would help the person on a fixed income, the person who took concessions or the one who lost their job. That 200K person might not own a house and that way pays no property tax where some middleclass person is paying 3k a year in property tax. That's why property tax is the most unfair tax leveled at the single family home owner. Trade the property tax for income tax, sales tax, lottery and casino profits. Charge more fees for fracking and injection wells.If all I hear from the democrat challenger is "he's out of touch", I'll be voting for Kasich.

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2HenryTheBear(23 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Why give him credit for balancing the budget?? It's the law, it's in the states constitution!! If fulfilling legal obligations is the main reason to reelect Kasich then I'm sorry.

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3ysuforever(57 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Kasich still and always will wants to throw our policemen,firemen,public school teachers and nurses under his bus filled with his wall st buddies and charter school operators..Jobs Ohio is an absolute scam ,a state agency with no accountability to the state,with Kasich cronies being paid outlandish wall st salaries that are not required to be published under King Johns shady deal.How anyone can vote for this crook is beyond me,he makes Nixon look like a choir boy,Balancing the budget is state law for every governor.King John likes to brag about his rainy day fund,but fails to mention its a shell game built on his massive reductions to local governments.He talks about getting rid of the estate tax which only affected the rich farmers who are solid Repubs which also hurt local governments.He brags about cutting taxes but raises the sales tax which unfairly targets the poor.People who bought his snake oil last time ,don't be fooled again,a second term would be a open cash register for his wall st band of crooks.Wonder why Ohio turnpike tolls are so high,Kasich created six figure jobs for political cronies with no experience in transportation.He provides phony sound bites about job creation but reality is that his four point economic plan is -Dollar general,Family dollar,Dollar Tree and Sav a lot .The easiest way to get rich in Ohio is to become a charter school operator and as one GOP state rep suggested that Ohio should close all public schools and turn them into charters should give everyone a clue what a second Kasich term would be like since he didn't distance himself from the kooky State reps statement.The posters who defend this crook are living in a FAUX NEWS fantasy world.

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