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UPDATE: Democrats Plan State Swing in Ohio Governor's Race

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/21/2014 2:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald and his running mate plan a series of separate stops around Ohio to present what they're calling "the real state of the state."

The tour addressing Republican Gov. John Kasich's policies kicks off Saturday with FitzGerald in Cleveland and nearby Medina , the site of Kasich's State of the State address Monday. FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, also speaks in Columbus that day.

FitzGerald's running mate, Dayton-area attorney Sharen Neuhardt, is scheduled to appear in Youngstown and Zanesville on Saturday.

The statewide swing takes FitzGerald to the Ormet aluminum smelting plant in Hannibal on Sunday, while Neuhardt visits Toledo and Lima.

On Monday, FitzGerald is in Akron and Lakewood. Neuhardt visits Cincinnati and Dayton.

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UPDATE 1/17/2014 4:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald chose a Dayton-area lawyer who supports abortion rights in his second pass at picking a running mate.

FitzGerald announced his choice of Sharen Swartz Neuhardt in an email to campaign supporters Friday.

The 62-year-old Neuhardt made two failed bids for Congress, in 2008 and 2012. She brings geographic and gender diversity to the ticket that FitzGerald, an Irish Catholic from Cleveland, has sought in taking on Republican Gov. John Kasich this fall.

FitzGerald first selected state Sen. Eric Kearney, a Cincinnati lawyer who is black, as his No. 2. But Kearney withdrew after revelations that he had hefty tax liens.

Neuhardt graduated from Georgetown University's law school and is a partner at Thompson Hine in Dayton.

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UPDATE 12/10/2013 4:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Democratic lieutenant governor candidate in Ohio who faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal tax liens says he is dropping out of the race.

State Sen. Eric Kearney says he's leaving the ticket of gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald. His decision comes less than three weeks after he entered the contest.

Kearney, a Cincinnati lawyer who is black, brought racial and geographic diversity to FitzGerald's ticket, and direct ties to President Barack Obama, who is a friend.

But he couldn't overcome political fallout associated with revelations of his many unpaid debts. Most related to his small business, Cincinnati Herald publisher Sesh Communications.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, now must pick a new running mate as he faces Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.

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UPDATE 12/10/2013 4:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Facing large tax liens, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate in Ohio drops out of race.

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UPDATE 12/10/2013 2:15 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Democrats are struggling to diffuse the fallout from a 2014 lieutenant governor candidate's hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal and business liens without alienating key groups.

Seasoned Democratic strategist Gerald Austin is among those who say state Sen. Eric Kearney must leave the ticket of gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, and quickly.

He said every day Kearney remains in the race benefits Republican Gov. John Kasich's chances of re-election.

Brian Rothenberg, who directs the liberal think-tank ProgressOhio, says voters won't even remember the bruising series of revelations about Kearney's troubled finances by next fall.

Kearney, a Cincinnati lawyer, has detailed roughly $700,000 in state and federal tax liens owed by him, his wife and their Cincinnati publishing business.

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UPDATE 12/4/2013 3:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Democrat vying to be Ohio's lieutenant governor details for reporters roughly $700,000 in outstanding state and federal tax liens owed by him, his wife and their Cincinnati business.

In a nearly two-hour media teleconference Wednesday, state Sen. Eric Kearney vowed the debts would not force him from the 2014 statewide ticket alongside Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

Kearney blamed the debts largely on a downturn in the newspaper industry that has affected KGL Media, a publisher of black publications including the Cincinnati Herald. He said they are steadily being paid down.

Successive revelations about Kearney's finances have complicated his party's hopes of unseating Republican Gov. John Kasich next year.

Kearney said the debts aren't a disqualifier and will be familiar to many Ohio voters.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Democratic lawyer running for lieutenant governor owes tens of thousands of dollars in federal and state tax liens, complicating his party's hopes of unseating Republican Gov. John Kasich.

News of the liens emerged just days after state Sen. Eric Kearney's candidacy was announced in what was intended as an energy-boosting event for the gubernatorial campaign of Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

The revelations are exacerbated by the fact Democrats hammered the Ohio Republican Party's chairman-in-waiting for prior unpaid tax liens.

Kasich stood by Matthew Borges and he eventually was elected party chair this spring.

Now Democrats are standing by Kearney, arguing his liens were related to his struggling small business, and that he and his wife are steadily paying down the debt.

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