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Dem candidate plans to overcome Kasich with presence

Published: Sat, January 11, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald of Cleveland says he’ll be in the Youngstown area “probably every two to three weeks” during the campaign.

He met with reporters Friday night outside Johnny’s Fine Food and Spirits on Market Street before a labor union get-together. Spending a lot of time campaigning here and elsewhere in Ohio may be the best way for FitzGerald to overcome Gov. John Kasich’s advantage in raising money, he said.

“There’s one thing this governor is very good at, and it’s raising money, and he has a lot of wealthy friends. He worked on Wall Street. He’s made a lot of wealthy friends all over the country, and he raises a lot of money from them.”

FitzGerald, the county executive for Cuyahoga County and former assistant county prosecutor, mayor of Lakewood and FBI special agent, said he doesn’t have access to that kind of money. But “there are ways to make up for that,” he said.

“I think that most people agree with us on the issues. The fact that we’re working so hard, the fact that we have a lot of grass-roots support, I think, can make up the difference.”

FitzGerald said Kasich has been “taking very good care of a very small group of people” and not taking care of “the average person in Ohio and the average person in the Mahoning Valley.”

As for the shale industry, he thinks Kasich “really blew it” with regard to ensuring that Ohioans got jobs out of the industry because “a huge number of them are going to out-of-state residents.”

“I thought he could have sat down ... with the oil and gas companies and said: ‘How do we create a structure here to make sure that many of your new hires are not people coming in from out of state, but [that companies] are hiring local people that are displaced workers?’”

Chris Schrimpf, spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party, said of FitzGerald’s comments, “It is laughable that Ed FitzGerald is lecturing anyone about jobs. The region of the state he leads has led the nation in job loss seven months in a row, and he has done nothing about it.

“Meanwhile, Gov. Kasich inherited a state that had lost 400,000 jobs, and after a lot of hard work and innovation, nearly 160,000 private-sector jobs have been created.”

During a December 2012 press conference, the governor mentioned his “deep concern” that energy companies working in Ohio “may not be hiring Ohioans. That is a very serious matter.”

FitzGerald met Friday with members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees union, which represents Ohio government workers, a group he said would agree with him that Kasich has hurt Ohio communities as a result of cuts in state funding to local governments.


1TERRAPINST(302 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO OVERCOME MONEY IN POLITICS-this guy has already lost. No one knows him, he's already experienced scandal, and he's poor=lost election.

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2JMHO(146 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

You can overcome Kasich the democratic way. Promise everyone free stuff. Take from the makers and give to the takers. And be sure the unions line your pockets mightily.

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3suefull(22 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

Right on JMHO!!!! Especially the union part!

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4Repubs4theRich(124 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

eivo, Is Obama running for governor or something? I agree with Terra on one point. He who has the money wins. One of the many things wrong with politics today.

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5bmanresident(597 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

Anyone who would support a Dem for governor after the state has made so much progress needs a psychiatric evaluation. Kasich has brought drilling, cost cutting measures, and was almost able to get rid of the bloated corrupt government "workers" union. State income tax has gone down which means more money in my pocket! Kasich for prez 2016!!

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6Repubs4theRich(124 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

Jobs for Ohio- cronies/secretive/can't be state audited.
Charter schools run by his buddy- complete failures
wanted to sell the turnpike- stupid
drilling- recall the earthquakes and all the stuff dumped into the Mahoning? Contaminated drinking water.
Plus all of the jobs for the drilling came from out of state.
- lost $500 mil in Ohio worker's pensions while at Lehman Bros.
Sign me up for a Psych eval then.

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7grandmagina(14 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

Will not vote for a democrat. Kasich is doing a great job. Too many handouts with the democrats, that's why people don't want to work.

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8walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 8 months, 1 week ago

The DemocraticParty of today is not the same party of my grandfather. The old party was for the hard working little man who was only looking for an even deal. The current party is one for those looking for a hand-out, not a hand up. Keep promising more freebies and the dependents will vote for you. Well, I am tired of supporting the freeloaders. Keep moving forward, Gov. Kasich!

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