Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ed FitzGerald picks State Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati as running mate for Ohio governor's race

Ed FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive and probable Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, balanced his ticket Wednesday by selecting Eric Kearney, the Ohio Senate minority leader from Cincinnati, as his running mate.

Kearney, 50, brings racial and geographic diversity – a prominent black politician whose base sits in an important slice of the state where FitzGerald is largely unknown.

The announcement came not through a flashy rollout but in drips, first through party sources briefed on FitzGerald's choice, then on Twitter in a post by his campaign. The announcement also followed a fresh round of reporting, by the Northeast Ohio Media Group, on the challenges FitzGerald has had attracting support from black leaders.

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