UPDATE: Ohio Dems Turn Focus From Governor Race to Turnout

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

UPDATE 8/22/2014 2:30 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - With hopes of winning the governorship damaged, Ohio Democrats are shifting resources away from the top of the ticket into a coordinated victory campaign focused on getting out the vote.

Embattled gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald's campaign said Friday shifting strategy and campaign cash to the party's field and voter turnout program is aimed at turning out sporadic Democratic voters "who have made the difference in past elections."

The decision follows a series of blows to FitzGerald's campaign against Republican Gov. John Kasich, including revelations that FitzGerald lacked a permanent driver's license for over a decade.

After high-level departures earlier this week, spokeswoman Lauren Hitt says she and the rest of FitzGerald's senior staff and consulting team are staying on board and will "wage a competitive, vocal campaign" against Kasich.

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UPDATE 8/20/2014 2:05 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) - Ohio's governor is staying mum on his Democratic challenger's recent campaign problems.

Republican Gov. John Kasich told reporters Tuesday at a campaign stop in Cincinnati he pays no attention to the other side.

Two top aides to Democrat Ed FitzGerald left his campaign, forcing the Cuyahoga County executive to readjust his strategy less than 50 days before early voting begins.

FitzGerald's campaign manager Nick Buis and communications director Daniel McElhatton departed. Further staff announcements are expected by week's end.

FitzGerald was barraged with questions recently for lacking a permanent driver's license for more than a decade, an issue brought to the surface by 2012 police records that showed him in parking lot at 4:30 a.m. with a woman who isn't his wife.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two top aides to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald left his campaign, as the struggling challenger to Ohio Gov. John Kasich readjusts his strategy less than 50 days before early voting begins.

A spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that campaign manager Nick Buis and communications director Daniel McElhatton departed. Lauren Hitt said further staff announcements are expected by week's end.

Hitt said the campaign remains focused on spreading its message that Ohio's economic rebound under Kasich hasn't done enough for the poor and middle-class. She said landing "a couple debates" with Kasich will help FitzGerald and the rest of the Democratic ticket.

FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, has come under fire in recent weeks for lacking a permanent driver's license for more than a decade.

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