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Ohio Democratic Party chairman says his party will win in November
Chris Redfern says he's not thinking of removing Ed FitzGerald from the Governor's race
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern says exhaustive vetting of every aspect of a candidate would be cost-prohibitive
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Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern says says he's not thinking of removing Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald and isn't worried about him dragging down other Democratic candidates. Questions have surfaced in the last month about FitzGerald driving without a permanent, valid driver's license for nearly a decade. And FitzGerald has had to explain why he was found two years ago, with a woman who was not his wife, in a parked car near Cleveland. For now, Redfern says the party is focused on getting Democrats to turn out at the polls in November.
Ohio Democratic Party chairman says his party will win in November

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"We have been working incredibly hard every step along the way, knowing we are going to be outspent up and down the ticket. This doesn't matter. We are going to be outspent on the Supreme Court. John O'Donnell and Tom Letson are going to be competitive and I think we are going to win one or two. And I know it doesn't get enough attention but the fact is it is one of the things we do well. And if we continue to do well, we are going to win in November.”

Redfern says the party did not vet FitzGerald in the way that's often portrayed in movies where campaign leaders seek out information about their own candidates that could prove problematic in the future. Redfern says doing an exhaustive investigation of every aspect of FitzGerald, or any other candidate, before putting them on ticket is cost-prohibitive.
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