On the night he was discovered by police at 4:30AM in a secluded parking lot with a woman who wasn’t his wife, Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald broke the most basic of laws by driving without a license. From Joe Vardon at The Columbus Dispatch:
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald had not had a regular Ohio driver’s license for at least five years when Westlake police found him in a car with a woman early one morning two years ago.
If he drove his car after dropping her off at her hotel, as he said he did, he would have violated Ohio law requiring those with just the temporary permit that he had to drive only when accompanied by a licensed driver.
According to records at the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles, FitzGerald, a Democrat running against Republican Gov. John Kasich, held temporary driving permits in 2008-09, 2010-11, and 2011-12 before getting a driver’s license on Nov. 15, 2012.
Are you kidding me!?
From 2007 to 2012, are we to believe that Fitzgerald never drove without another driver in the car? This isn’t stupid teenager stuff from years ago. This is the mayor of Lakewood and later, the Cuyahoga County Executive.
I’m wondering now if this is yet another reason that Ed Fitzgerald refuses to release his key card data that would show when he entered and exited the county parking garage. Would it show a repeated pattern of Ed driving to work without a license?
Ed Fitzgerald needs to tell Ohioans how many other times he drove without a valid driver’s license.
I wonder when the press release will come out blaming John Kasich for this, too.
UPDATE: Fitzgerald told The Plain Dealer’s Henry Gomez that he had a clean driving record. Doesn’t saying that insinuate that you are a regular licensed driver?
FitzGerald, when downplaying parking story to me, stressed he had clean driving record, said something about speeding ticket "years ago."
— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) August 4, 2014