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FitzGerald walks away from Cuyahoga treasurer nominee
Democratic gubernatorial candidates says he didn't have the council votes needed for confirmation
Story by NICK CASTELE


 
Ed FitzGerald withdraws him nominee for treasurer after concerns arise about her role as landlord.
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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, has withdrawn his nominee for county treasurer after Cleveland.com raised questions about properties she owned. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Nick Castele has more.

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Cuyahoga County Council was supposed to hold a confirmation hearing for Jeannet Wright this week. She’s acting treasurer, and FitzGerald had nominated her to take the job permanently.

But hours before the meeting, FitzGerald pulled the nomination.

Wright’s candidacy seemed to be coming apart after Cleveland.com published reports suggesting she belatedly disclosed to the county that she was making money as a landlord from several houses she owned. That disclosure is required by county ethics policy. 

FitzGerald hasn’t publicly explained his decision to drop her nomination. His spokesman is saying only that they dropped the nomination because they didn’t have the votes from County Council.

But council is pointing the finger back at FitzGerald. Council President C. Ellen Connally, a fellow Democrat, on the withdrawal:

“It was the executive’s decision to make,” Connally said. “He nominates, he can withdraw.”

And Republican Jack Schron, who’s running to replace FitzGerald as Cuyahoga County executive, said:

“I hope he brings forth another candidate that he’s comfortable with, and we’d be more than happy to look at that candidate.”

Wright herself sent a statement to Cleveland.com late Tuesday saying she did disclose rental income earlier this year, but that she also hadn’t been sure if ethics rules about disclosing outside employment applied to landlords. 

FitzGerald has until mid-July to find a new pick for treasurer.

 

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