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Better check your spelling in the 2014 gubernatorial race
Republicans want to know if Democratic candidate Ed FitzGerald did not sign any documents because his name was misspelled
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ed FitzGerald likes his captial G. He told his staff in 2011 that he wouldn't sign any documents that were written without it. But he was fine with all caps FITZGERALD when launching his bid for governor.
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Name-calling has already begun in the race for Ohio governor. The Ohio Republican Party has requested documents that gubernatorial candidate, and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has refused to sign because his name was not spelled with the G capitalized. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the Ohio Democratic Party is firing back with a similar request of its own.
Name-calling starts in 2014 Gubernatorial race

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Back in 2011, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald put out a staff memo saying he would no longer sign legal documents in which his name was misspelled with a lower case rather than a capital “G”. Matt Henderson with the Ohio Republican Party wants copies of all records for which FitzGerald’s name was misspelled.

“Ohioans deserve to know if Ed’s refusal to sign important state and federal documents interfered with disaster relief aid, critical public safety measures or any other issues.”

Jerid Kurtz with the Ohio Democratic Party says this is a case of the Republican Party just playing games.

“In response to the rather farcical request that the Republican Party submitted, we have submitted a request, taking their language nearly identically, asking for any documentation that Gov. Kasich may have signed that misspelled his name that might be considered not legally sound or enforceable.”

The flap over misspelled names comes less than 24 hours after FitzGerald, a Democrat, announced he will run against Kasich next fall.
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