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Democratic candidate for governor dumps running mate

Tom Jackson • Dec 10, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Ed FitzGerald, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in next year's race against incumbent John Kasich, has dumped his running mate, state Sen. Eric Kearney. Kearney owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes and also got sued by American Express when he didn't pay that bill, either.

The Columbus Dispatch has an interesting sentence: "Moreover, while failing to pay payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, and other taxes, the Kearneys wrote personal checks for thousands of dollars to political campaigns."

It's interesting to me that Ed FitzGerald did not think that was strange behavior.

On the other hand, perhaps the senator's willingness to spend money he didn't have for political purposes bolstered his claim that he was a Democrat ready to seek higher office. 

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