County Republican mayors respond to FitzGerald's run for governor

4:02 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced Wednesday that he will run for governor in 2014.

In a morning conference call, Republican mayors from across Cuyahoga County today shared their disappointment and disapproval of Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald's decision to run for governor.

Here are some of their comments from the call:

Mayor Dennis Clough (Westlake): "Our state now has momentum and we need Governor Kasich to finish the job he started.  Ed FitzGerald left before finishing his job in Lakewood, and now he wants to leave his job in Cuyahoga County before finishing it.  We really can't have that.  We need a man who is committed to do the job the people hired him to do, not someone looking for the next ladder to climb.  We need to keep Governor John Kasich.  He's been good for Ohio and is good for the future of Ohio."

Mayor Debbie Sutherland (Bay Village): "I am extremely disappointed that Ed FitzGerald is going to run for governor.  I feel he is already abandoning the voters of Cuyahoga County to run for another office.  After two years on the job, he's already jumping ship.  This isn't exhibition of strong leadership; it is just blind political ambition.  We all deserve better than that."

Mayor Jerry Hruby (Brecksville): "As a mayor and the Chairman of the Ohio Turnpike Commission, I've been disappointed in the leadership not given by the county executive.  The county executive came out in opposition long before the Turnpike study was even completed - passing judgment without any basis for his position.  As a matter of fact, it was embarrassing how he spoke out against the governor's Turnpike plan the way he did around the state, knowing that the study was ongoing, and now that it has been announced and adopted by the state legislature he continues his opposition without any solutions to the problems of the state's crumbling infrastructure. He maintains his opposition without providing any alternatives to something that will benefit the city of Cleveland and our entire county.  No solutions indicates a lack of leadership on the part of the county executive."

Mayor Tom Perciak (Strongsville): "Ed seems to be a guy always looking for a new opportunity and a better way to serve Ed.  In this day and age when fiscal management is the key to any successfully run organization, how can you say a track record of mayor for a couple years and a track record of county executive for three years qualifies you to become governor of the state of Ohio?  An $8 billion deficit is what Governor Kasich faced when he took office.  FitzGerald does not have the experience to handle something like that. If we elect Ed FitzGerald as governor, we will go back to the tax and spend ways embraced by former Governor Ted Strickland, and Ohio can't afford that."

Mayor Pam Bobst (Rocky River): "We need real leadership with real solutions for the real problems that are impacting our residents.  As I look at our county, we deserve better than to be treated as a political stepping stone."      

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