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Democratic Candidate For Governor Ed FitzGerald Appears On WOSU
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The democratic candidate for governor is facing sharp criticism from the camp of incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich. Candidate Ed FitzGerald appeared on WOSUâ€™s All Sides with Ann Fisher Wednesday.
When asked about the falling unemployment rate in Ohio, FitzGerald broadened the issue:
â€œHow about the number of people in Ohio that are living paycheck to paycheck? Which by a lot of estimates is about 50 percent of the state. How about the number of people that are trying to make it making the minimum wage? About 10 percent of the state earns a minimum wage,â€ FitzGerald said.
Chris Schrimpf, communications director for the Ohio Republican Party, responding in writing, painted FitzGerald as a tax-and-spend liberal who would return the state to the days of billion-dollar deficits.
Asked about his stance on same-sex marriage, candidate FitzGerald was direct:
â€œI believe in equality for people regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation; in housing, in employment and in marriage,â€ FitzGerald said.
The GOPâ€™s Schrimpf said Governor Kasich believes marriage is between a man and a woman and that he supports the stateâ€™s same-sex marriage ban.
Democrat FitzGerald criticized the secrecy surrounding Republican Kasichâ€™s JobsOhio agency:
â€œItâ€™s one of the worst things that I have ever seen in the history of state government that they literally passed a law to take the right away from the state auditor to audit the books of JobsOhio in an open fashion. Itâ€™s nuts,â€ FitzGerald said.
The GOP response? Ohio has gained 250,000 private sector jobs and has gone from 48th to 6th in job creation nationwide.