The Democrats' front runner for governor

Tom Jackson
Jan 11, 2013

 

Does the name Ed FitzGerald ring a bell? You may as well learn it, because with Ted Strickland's exit from a possible race for governor, FitzGerald appears to be the Democratic front runner for the 2014 governor's race, as Henry Gomez reports in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
 
FitzGerald, 44, is Cuyahoga County's reform-minded county executive. He is personally honest and has made it clear he won't tolerate corruption by county employees. If you're wondering why that's supposed to be a big deal, clearly you don't live in Cuyahoga County, as I do.
 
Unless Mr. FitzGerald plans to make higher taxes the centerpiece of his campaign, there's a problem he ought to fix. Cuyahoga County residents currently pay a sales tax rate of 7.75 percent. That's the highest rate in the state. (Erie County's rate is 6.5 percent, so Sandusky-area merchants should figure out a way to promote the idea that Cleveland-area residents can save money if they shop here while visiting Cedar Point.)
 
Cuyahoga County's high rate means that local residents pay a penalty every time they choose to buy local rather than leaving the county or buying from an Internet site. 
 
It seems obvious to me why that's a bad idea, but as it apparently isn't obvious to Mr. FitzGerald, allow me to make a few points: (1) Local merchants support the community by paying taxes — not just sales taxes, but property taxes. (2) Local merchants provide jobs. (3) Look at the ads in the program that supports your son's football team, or in your daughter's yearbook. See any ads from Amazon?
 
Of course, if FitzGerald doesn't lower taxes in Cleveland, he can campaign in Sandusky by telling the Chamber of Commerce, "I'm already giving you a competitive advantage!"

Comments

Contango

IMO, James Carville had it right about it being the economy

Voters tend to vote their wallet.

If the OH's economy is up, Mr. Kasich will be re-elected, if not, then the odds are against him.

Horace Mann

Calling Fitz the "frontrunner" is a bit, um, premature.

Larry

I thought that these were taxes that were approved by yhe voters to support the sports arena's. If this is the case I wouldn't see how they could be rescinded.

samiam

Thought it was a ship that sunk!

mikel

not to mention that his county is so brokeeeeeeeeee! seems that more taxes can't fix it.

The Big Dog's back

So why did bush start 2 wars and cut taxes?

KnuckleDragger

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Just Thinkin

The Democraps better get back to working for the working man,They still think the have a following LOL, we need a good president not the puppet we now have,That goes for the unions, way to go Michigan, UAW your and the Democraps end is in sight, Wake up and get back to your roots both you foolish dips, Dont bother jumping my butt, I don't care,I for one am NOT voting Democrap unless I see real and honest change, as of now I do not have a party anymore,I'll vote for who I like and it's not going to be a Democrap anytime soon, Later dude got to see what our dumb leader gave to the Affy's in todays Give America away meeting, Yawn think I'll go potty on my Democrap card bout all it useful for,

Kimo

Re: "If the popular vote would've won"

Splain that comment Lucy..........

The Big Dog's back

65,899,557 votes for Obama, 60,931,959 for rmoney. Looks like Obama got the popular vote to me.

JACKEL

I am really surprised you would even mention that.Who are the popular vote?They will always win,they all want to live off the working man.86% of the rich pay all the taxes and support all the freebee Dums !

Kimo

Just not thinkin?
Or just a troll?

Licorice Schtick

Yes

Steelerfan7272

I don't care who he is! After watching the Democraps try and strip us of our 2nd Amendment rights and all these other crazy governor's treating their people like some 3rd world crap they got on the bottom of their shoes, just like that governor in NY and the mayor of New York calling for gun confiscation and treating the LAW ABIDING citizens like criminals! I don't think so!! Until these gov't wanna be people get it through their heads that THEY WORK FOR US and that THEIR AGENDA is NOT FIRST but the PEOPLE'S AGENDA is #1 then they have no business being in charge of anything except picking up dog poop in the dog parks!!

KnuckleDragger

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Licorice Schtick

A Yellow Dog would be better than that wingnut Kasich. Strickland was under-appreciated.

Pete

Strickland was in over his head. Hence why he was defeated in Round 2.
Kasick has done well. This state is doing fine. You left wingers just can't see it.

Contango

In Sept. '08, Gov. Strickland and LG Fisher were crowing about how everything in OH was great. What happened?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB...

Pete

The Cuyahoga Democratic Machine:
If there has ever been an outfit that needs indicted under the RICO Statute that is the one.
BTW, opened my PD ap this morning and up top is Fitz. Seemed he has "no recollection" of taking $ from Forlani

luvblues2

LOL. Put "mund" after Ed and in between the space and Fitzgerald and see how that works.

Pete

And much like the storied ship, his campaign will be a wreck.

luvblues2

Pretty much...

Kottage Kat

If Democrats had a brain they would be Republicans-----++ann coulter

kURTje

Duh..Kasick got in because of voter apathy (low turnout, at least in Huron County)) Kasick's margin of win wasn't that big was it?