In an interview yesterday with the Youngstown Vindicator Editorial Board, he continues to complain that people are holding him responsible for illegally driving without a license for ten years. That’s not new. He’s been trying to distract from that for weeks.
What is new, however, is this incredible statement, as reported by David Skolnick:
“I’m not making any excuses. I didn’t pay attention to it. I didn’t get pulled over. I didn’t have a situation where I was getting away with something other people weren’t.“
He didn’t get away with something that other people weren’t? That’s completely false.
Ed Fitzgerald flouted the law and drove around for 10 years without a license. He certainly DID get away with something.
Even worse, as Cuyahoga County Executive, Ed punished some of his own employees in county government for driving without a license.
Those employees didn’t get away with ignoring the law. Ed Fitzgerald handed down punishments as severe as 5-day suspensions without pay, for the exact same offense that he committed.
This latest lie about the situation shows just how much chutzpah Fitzgerald actually displays towards Ohio voters. He thinks he can rewrite the history of his irresponsible past, and expects you to swallow it.
Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Shrimpf responded,
“Arrogant Ed has been telling so many different stories, even he can’t keep them all straight. For nearly ten years Ed FitzGerald got away with driving illegally while others were driving legally. And as County Executive Ed FitzGerald punished other employees who did exactly what he did, drive without a license. FitzGerald’s audacity is as limitless as his ambition.”
Ed’s arrogance and dishonesty are a big reason why he isn’t fit to be Ohio governor, and why Ohio voters now have an unfavorable opinion of him, according to last weeks Quinnipiac University poll.
Kasich gets a 54 – 30 percent favorability rating from Ohio likely voters. FitzGerald gets a negative 21 – 29 percent favorability with 48 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.
Voters say 56 – 28 percent Kasich is honest and trustworthy. FitzGerald gets a negative 26 – 33 percent honesty score.