Democratic candidate for governor dumps running mate

Tom Jackson
Dec 10, 2013

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

MrSandusky

Ed FitzGerald does not stand a chance, and this did not help his campaign at all. I think that the Democratic party may want to evaluate other nominees, something is rotten in the State of Denmark (or should we change that to the County of Cuyahoga).

Contango

Re: "Ed FitzGerald did not think that was strange behavior."

Not "strange," typical Dem behavior:

Write the check and concern yourself how to reconcile the payment another day.

He'd have made a FINE running mate.

mikesee

That dude fits right in with the tax cheats in the Obama administration!

grumpy

He does sound like a typical career politician from a mainstream political party... either political party to be truthful. Newer politicians would have thought it through more, by the time they get to be career politicians... they make the case for term limits.

The Big Dog's back

He could be like Repubs and run anyways blaming everyone but the guy in the mirror.

There you go again

My momma always taught me that "if you can't say anything intelligently, then keepa yo mouth shut."

Restless1

Big Dog: Do you have any idea what you said or are you already back to your Gameboy?

Pete

Too much Kool-Aid rots the brain...

Contango

Dog writes: "He could be like Repubs,"

EXCEPT that he's one of YOURS. lol

Dr. Information

Blame everyone else? You mean like every Dem and Obama? He's the queen of "it's everyone else's fault". Lol. Big dog, your food is in your dog bowl, not in the grass. Lol.

Pete

The moron can't even properly pick a running mate and he wants to run an entire state?

DURP!

jstus2001

Isn't the "Register" worried the "O" administration will come down on them for having this opinion, or for that matter ANY opinion? AND it seems the "Register" even allowing editorials like this is a bit different than the ones from the past...BIG BAL$$ REGISTER...KEEP IT UP!!!

FearTheStache03

Cincinnati Enquirer broke the news of the hundreds of thousands in delinquent taxes 1-2 weeks ago...guess it wasn't SR newsworthy until he dropped out of the race??

Peninsula Pundit

It appears the Party of Noe have short memories.
I understand that happens with advancing age.

Contango

Re: "Party of Noe "

As opposed to the "You can have it all NOW paid for by your kids and grandkids" Party?

Reads like ol' "Non sufficient funds" Kearney fits in quite nicely.

Kearny for Gov - 2018.

toredown11

Love how the Republicans here are so quick to say "just like a Democrat." You might want to make sure your own house is in order before you talk...

Rick Renzi (US Rep 2003-2009, R-AZ) - On June 12, 2013 was found guilty of 17 counts against him, which included wire fraud, conspiracy, extortion, racketeering, money laundering and making false statements to insurance regulators

John Ensign (US Senator 2001-2011, R-NV) resigned his Senate seat on May 3, 2011, just before the Senate Ethics Committee could examine possible fiscal violations in connection with his extramarital affair with Cynthia Hampton.

Felipe Sixto (R-FL), was appointed by President George W. Bush to be his Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs as well as Duty Director at the Office of Public Liaison. He resigned a few weeks later on March 20, 2008 because of his misuse of grant money from the U.S. Agency for International Development when he had worked for the Center for a Free Cuba. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing almost $600,000 for personal use.

The list goes on and on; just listing the federally prosecuted Republican politicians that served under Bush would fill a full page of the comments section here (Tom DeLay, Ted Stevens, Duke Cunningham, etc.) . Let's jump to more recent infractions...

Vernon G. "Vern" Buchanan (US Rep, R-FL) - The FBI, the IRS, the House Ethics Committee and a federal Grand Jury continue to investigate Congressman Buchanan for his alleged role in a scheme to funnel corporate money into his campaign coffers, tax avoidance, and witness tampering. Congressman Buchanan is now scheduled to testify under oath at the end of the month. Congressman Buchanan is the Finance Chairman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Jim Renacci (US Rep, R-OH) - The FBI is investigating Congressman Jim Renacci’s fundraising operations. The FBI investigation concerns $110,250 in questionable political donations the Ohio Republican received from employees of Suarez Corporation Industries and their spouses. In all, CEO Benjamin Suarez, his employees, and their spouses gave $110,250 to Congressman Renacci's campaign and political action committee. Attorney Ryan says, “A $5,000 contribution from someone who makes $300,000 a year is completely normal. A $5,000 campaign contribution from someone who makes $30,000 a year strikes me as unordinary.”

David Rivera (US Rep, R-FL) - While Congressman David Rivera remains under IRS and FBI investigation for potential campaign finance violations and tax evasion, on April 17, 2012, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded its 18-month criminal investigation. The investigators’ report makes clear that they believed Congressman Rivera had violated the law, but were prevented from prosecuting him because of legal ambiguities and excessively stringent statute of limitation requirements. The state officials found that for nearly a decade Congressman Rivera used campaign accounts as a slush fund to pay for virtually all of his expenses and travel expenses—including airfare, automobile costs, hotel stays, meals, personal items, clothing, parties, and the expenses of his female companions. But by the time they had fully understood the potential violations, the two year statute of limitations had passed. Moreover, investigators found that by claiming he was conducting official state business, Congressman Rivera was able to have collected reimbursements both from his campaign account and from taxpayers for the same travel expenses. From 2006 through 2010, roughly $29,500 in charges was paid by campaign funds, even though Congressman Rivera was reimbursed for these same charges by taxpayers.

Cliff Stearns (US Rep 1989-2013, R-FL) - The FBI is investigating Stearns for allegedly attempting to bribe opponent James Jett out of the primary. Clay County Clerk of Court James Jett claimed he was offered cash and political positions in exchange for dropping his bid for Congress. Specifically, Jett alleged Stearns offered him a job on his campaign staff, a job heading the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and a U.S. Marshal position. Jett also claims that he has the tapes to prove these accusations, which are now in the hands of the FBI.

Stephen Fincher (US Rep, R-FL) - The Federal Election Commission announced that all six of its members found that Congressman Stephen Fincher’s campaign broke federal law by violating campaign disclosure requirements. The issue stemmed from a July 2010 report Fincher—then a Republican candidate for Congress—filed with the Federal Election Commission claiming he had provided his campaign a $250,000 interest free loan. The move raised eyebrows as the Republican had previously reported to the United States Congress that he did not have sufficient assets or debts to cover a loan of this size. The head of Gates Banking and Trust Company confirmed that the bank—and not Fincher—had been the source of the loan. Congressman Fincher’s father was a member of the bank’s board of directors.

Trey Radel (US Rep, R-FL) - Radel, who was supported by the Tea Party, was arrested for possession of cocaine on October 29, 2013. As a first time offender, he was sentenced to one year probation and fined $250. Radel announced he would take a leave of absence, but did not resign.

Really, I could go on and on for days.

The big problem in politics? MONEY! Tell your congressman/woman to support campaign finance reform (something every sitting Republican opposes), repeal the Citizens United decision (again, Republican opposed) and limit the amount of time that politicians can spend fundraising. We need to limit the power of special interest groups and promote reforms that put democracy back in the hands of "we the people."

Pete

See link below for Democrats in one county that have been indicted for corruption.

http://www.cleveland.com/countyi...

Pretty much trumps any list the parasites can produce.

Contango

And who would mind if we add Bernie Madoff, the man who carried out the BIGGEST SCAM in U.S. history and who was a MAJOR Democrat Party campaign contributor?

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn...

Pete

Don't give them too much information, it will over load their minuscule minds.

Heck one of the parasites on here has trouble with basic multiplication!

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The Hero Zone

Term limits would go a long way in doing what you seek.

Contango

Re: "We need to limit the power of special interest groups,"

So you'd agree to disallow public and private labor unions & other liberal "special interest groups" campaign contributions as well?

Congress has attempted to get "money" out of American politics for well over 100 yrs. - ain't gonna happen.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam...

toredown11

I would most definitely agree to disallow labor union's money and I've already made it very clear that I what I think about special interest money, and that goes for either party.

No, we're not going to ever get "money" out of politics, but I prefer to try everything possible to fix the problem rather than throw more money at the problem. Look at how well ignoring the problem and/or throwing more gasoline on the fire has worked for the gun problem in this country.

Pete, you really think that link trumps what I could pull up on Republican politicians? You're dreaming! I didn't even scratch the surface of what I found, and all I looked at was federal corruption. I could go to state and local if you wish. And not to mention all of your "family values" politicians that have been caught in sex scandals!

Contango

Re: "I prefer to try everything possible to fix the problem ,"

Which means what?

And politicians are supposed to use WHAT in order to finance campaigns?

The Dems and the Repubs already OWN the Federal matching campaign funds program, which gives minority parties mostly $0.00.

toredown11

That's an easy question to answer, Contango, since the mechanism is already there: the Revenue Act, which sets up a Presidential Election Campaign Fund, financed by an optional check-off box on income tax returns and it diverts $3 (it used to be $1) from the U.S. Treasury. In other words, the campaigns are financed by REAL people's donations on their tax returns.

Candidates are offered a large lump sum (this comes from what is donated on the tax returns) to cover expenses related to the general election, so long as they agree not to collect private donations or spend money raised for primary contests. Candidates taking federal funds for the primary contest agree to spend a limited amount — set by the FEC — during that stage of the campaign. But candidates must manage their money carefully: Bob Dole reached his spending limit in the 1996 race months before the party's summer convention, leaving him basically unfunded in the final weeks of primaries and prompting George W. Bush to opt out of public primary funding altogether in the 2000 election.

You want to get big business, special interest groups, wealthy individuals and their money out of the campaigns? Make this a mandatory program. Hell, we could even expand the program and give people a choice to donate $3, $10 or $20...go up to $100 if you want to. This way, the money is coming from the American public and we will lose the "pay backs" to the special interest groups. Oh, and let's just get rid of the tax-exempt advocacy organizations — known as 527 groups, after the section of the tax code under which they are formed — and get back to listening to the candidates, rather than the endless special interest commercials which really shouldn't be tax exempt at all.

Contango

FYI: In 2008, Mr. Obama agreed to public funds and then opted out.

As I previously noted:

The problem IS that the vast bulk of the funds go to the Dems and Repubs and leave the minority parties out in the cold.

I'd rather not fund either one of 'em with MY tax dollars.

My plan: Allow for unlimited campaign donations and publish the names of major contributors.

I agree with the SCOTUS - money = free speech.

Nemesis

Rather than get the money out, remove the motivation for it. Reduce the scope, reach, and size of government by scaling back to what the Founders originally intended - once the market, rather than government, picks the economic winners and losers, the bottom will drop right out of the market for buying politicians.