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HORRIBLE IDEA: Ed FitzGerald Considers Gubernatorial Run

Ed FitzGerald may sell himself to the public as a squeaky clean public servant; however, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

Patch recently published an article chronicling Cuyahoga County Ed FitzGerald’s ruminations regarding a 2014 gubernatorial campaign, but left out some important details about his past.

FitzGerald comes from the Cuyahoga County Democrat machine. You may have heard of these folks before; white collar criminals and corrupt political hacks like Jimmy Dimora and Frank Russo, both of whom have been sentenced to years in prison. FitzGerald may sell himself to the public as a squeaky clean public servant; however, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

FitzGerald has long been entrenched as a supporter of that crooked machine. His career stems all the way back to when he worked for a couple of Democratic congressmen.

FitzGerald’s blind ambition seems boundless. As soon as he took office as Cuyahoga County Executive in 2010, he immediately began angling for higher office.

Governor John Kasich is turning Ohio around. He stopped Ohio’s job loss that started under Ted Strickland. Under Kasich, Ohio leads the Midwest in job creation. Governor Kasich also eliminated an $8 billion budget shortfall, all without raising taxes.

Ohio works, so why would voters reject it by turning to Ed FitzGerald?

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pam ghaster January 24, 2013 at 01:46 PM
We knew Mr. FitGerald had higher expectation for higher office. I think he has done a good job. What I question is who he answers to? I know nothing about his questionable background but would be willing to listen and read. In your story you do not put any ethical facts in place???? pam davis ghaster
James Thomas January 24, 2013 at 02:36 PM
If it waddles like a Dimora and quacks like a Russo, its a typical Cuyahoga County ranking Democrat.
michaelschwartz January 25, 2013 at 02:24 AM
I really believe that Fitzgerald will get creamed in a face off with Kasich. Cleveland has such a bad reputation downstate and quite frankly, I agree with them. Fitzgerald smacks of nothing more that a party hack, albeit a younger more energetic one. But the bottom line is he has no ideas on creating jobs, or lowering taxes, just spouting off the pro union party line which may play well to the depressed areas like Youngstown, but will be looked at with horror by the rest of the state.
Ed January 25, 2013 at 01:48 PM
How can you trust a person who strongly opposed the creation of the position he now holds. What a hypocrite! He is your typical politician - only in it for himself.
Jeff Mittiga January 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Kasich's plan to revive the economy in Ohio seems to revolve around sacrificing our environment. Large amounts of fracking wastewater are coming into Ohio from Pennsylvania on a daily basis. Now the Ohio EPA is considering a plan to allow "solidified" fracking waste to be dumped in Ohio landfills. No other states are allowing this. Hopefully, there will be a candidate for governor in 2014 who will advocate for protecting our environment and the health of our citizens.
James Murphy January 27, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Jeff is the perfect example of how democrats work instead of posting why his candidate would be a good choice, he chooses to just bash "the other guy"
bob lang January 27, 2013 at 08:57 PM
sorta like the republicans have done to Obama for the past four years. "Just say no" is not the way to run a government.
James Murphy January 27, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Harry Reid Pledges "Not To Work With Mitt Romney If He Is Elected"
AMA January 29, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Kasich cut so much from communities and schools throughout Ohio, they are resorting to ask for levies,and having layoffs. Taxpayers are at their wits end. He doesn't raise the taxes but we all end up paying more with the persistent school levies. He robbed St Peter to pay St Paul. Education should not have been the target......how about trimming some of the useless govt workers and the pork, and expense accounts? Hmmmmm?
AMA January 29, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I agree! It's all about the bottom line: MONEY They don't care about tainted wells that force people to move, and the chemicals in the water and air, not to mention explosions , people health, and forcing them off their land. We need to get regulations in place from the Federal Govt ruling how these fracking companies operate. They so far, have not been responsible for one incedent. It's disgusting. EPA is dragging their feet and were threatened by one fracking co that they would not be on one of the EPA's study's if they set regulations against them. Why is the EPA afraid of these bullies? Something to ponder.
Lori January 30, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Hey James, what's your point? Romney wasn't elected.
James Thomas February 02, 2013 at 03:50 AM
AMA, Kasich didn't cut, there was nothing there to give. Try breathing in space and see how forgiving that is.
Lori February 02, 2013 at 06:31 PM
James If there is nothing left to give, how is it Kasich is expanding funds to Charter Schools and the voucher program?
Duane Gibson February 07, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Taking into consideration all funds for K-12, funding in 2012 would decrease 11.5 percent and go down 4.9 percent in 2013. Basic aid would drop by about $1.3 billion over two years: 12.2 percent the first year, 7.6 percent in the second. Kasich said those governmental units will get money back by sharing services and relief from the state on such issues as requirements to pay prevailing (union) wages. The former would cost counties, municipalities and townships $167.1 million the first year including an estimated $5 million for Columbus and $388.2 million starting in the second year, when the full 50 percent reduction would take effect. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/03/15/kasich-releases-budget.html Fact of the matter is, the majority of new jobs are low paying (non career) jobs. Kasich raped the cities and school districts to balance his budget, thus causing people to get taxed at the local level. He has a lot to answer for and I don't see him surviving. Scott Walker he isn't. The man has been an abysmal failure.

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