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Ed FitzGerald: RNC saw past Cleveland's bad reputation
Democratic gubernatorial candidate says the city does not deserve ridicule such as "the Mistake by the Lake"
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzGerald says Cleveland does not deserve its bad reputation.
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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzGerald says the reality of Cleveland is better than its reputation.

And he thinks that is what Republican National Committee members saw when they chose Cleveland as the host for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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“I think Cleveland is the most unfairly maligned big city in America," FitzGerald says. "And a lot of us who live in that area say the people who are the most negative about the greater Cleveland area are people who haven’t been there before. So in a way, I think we are beneficiaries of lowered expectations because downtown Cleveland, in particular, has had a renaissance.” 

FitzGerald says he was not born decades ago when the Cuyahoga River caught on fire yet he still hears about it.

He says Cleveland is a much better city now due to the optimistic energies of its leaders.

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