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Is the Plain Dealer paying Connie Schultz to do campaign work for Sherrod Brown?

Connie Schultz is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She’s probably the most well-known opinion writer at Ohio’s largest newspaper. She is widely read, very liberal, and soon will be moved to the front page of the Metro section. Oh yeah, she is also the wife of Senator Sherrod Brown.

In her column today, she talks about her experience at a Tea Party event in Avon, here in Lorain County. Reports are that she spent most of her time interviewing attendees for her column. That’s what they pay her to do, right? In her column, she pays a lot of attention to who didn’t show up. However, she fails to mention one of the speakers who WAS there. That speaker would be Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

I wonder why she didn’t mention this. Why didn’t she mention that when Josh’s name was announced, that she rushed to the seats to sit in a row up front, and pulled out her video camera? Well, maybe SHE didn’t mention it, but SOMEBODY noticed it. See the photo and video.

Our reports also say that Connie didn’t record the other speakers at the event. But she certainly made sure she recorded Mandel. Why was Connie Schultz so interested in Josh Mandel? Oh, please forgive me. I forget to mention something else. Connie’s husband is up for re-election next year, and Josh Mandel is almost certain to be the Republican nominee.

So, it appears that while being paid by the Plain Dealer to write a column about the Tea Party event, she was also stalking her husbands opponent and doing work for his re-election campaign.

Wow, Connie is quite the multi-tasker, isn’t sh…wait. What!? That would represent a huge, serious conflict of interest for the Plain Dealer. We have some serious questions for them to answer.

Was Connie Schultz at the Tea Party event to provide video and do opposition research for Sherrod Brown’s reelection campaign?

Did Sherrod Brown break the law by accepting this opposition research as an illegal corporate contribution from The Plain Dealer?

Will The Plain Dealer publicly acknowledge this giant conflict of interest, punish her and publicly denounce her abuse of their money and journalistic integrity?

Who did Connie give the video to, the Plain Dealer or her husband, Sherrod Brown?

Was Connie there as a reporter for the Plain Dealer, or as a Democrat videographer?

I expect we will hear nothing but silence from the pro-Sherrod Brown Plain Dealer. And their silence will confirm their bias.

You can ask the Plain Dealer yourself here. Let us know if they answer you.

UPDATE: Schultz acknowledges “mistakes” in print.

UPDATE 9/19: Schultz resigns

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