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PolitiFact: Ed FitzGerald 'Mostly False' in First Obama Supporter Claim

Potential Ohio gubernatorial candidate FitzGerald told a group of college students he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Obama.

As Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald travels the state rallying support for his possible run for Ohio governor, he's been attracting the attention of the folks at Politifact Ohio.

Recently, they checked out a claim published late last month by the Cincinnati Enquirer in which FitzGerald, the former mayor of Lakewood, said he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Barack Obama for president. 

Politifact Ohio called that claim mostly false. They weren't able to prove that he wasn't the first — but neither was FitzGerald. 

Does this mean anything to you in deciding whether you think FitzGerald has a shot at the governor's seat? Tell us what you think. 

Myron Holley February 16, 2013 at 07:49 AM
O bummer NO. Fitz. No.
Sa;;y February 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM
A politician making false claims as he seeks office..... hmmmmmmmmmmm..... sounds like he'll fit right in.
Fred Garvin February 16, 2013 at 04:04 PM
If I were him I wouldn't even admit to endorsing Obozo. He is destroying the middle class.
Fred Garvin February 17, 2013 at 04:20 PM
He is desyroying the middle class.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 17, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Well, it is Cuyahoga County. Also known as Corruption County for us Northeast Ohioans. He sure does sound like he fits right in.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! February 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
It's interesting that politicians have so little incentive to be truthful. What kind of country/world would this be if politicians (and people in general) followed that happy little Golden Rule? Boy, I can only imagine since it will never happen. Money leaves no incentive to be honest and consistent.
Chris Mallin February 17, 2013 at 07:52 PM
How about if some Important Media Representative asks Mr. Fitzgerald "What date did you "endorse" Senator Obama's candidacy for President?", then posts Mr. Fitzgerald's answer (on Patch, of course) and see if any other person claiming to be a Cuyahoga County Official claims an endorsement at an earlier date? That might add some clarity to the discussion.

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