Friday, November 22, 2013

Eric Kearney, Ed FitzGerald's candidate for lieutenant governor, owes thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes

A publishing company owned by Ed FitzGerald's new running mate in the race for Ohio governor owes the IRS tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes dating back a decade.

Eric Kearney received notice of the federal payroll tax lien in 2010, records reviewed by Northeast Ohio Media Group show. The unpaid balance at the time: $73,559.60.

Around the same time, his wife and business partner, Jan Michele Kearney, received notice of a lien for more than $144,000. And seven years earlier, a mortgage company initiated foreclosure proceedings against the couple, though the case was soon dismissed.

Eric Kearney, the Democratic leader in the Ohio Senate, said Friday that their financial issues are tied to past problems at Sesh Communications, which publishes the Cincinnati Herald and other newspapers aimed at black readers. The tax liens resurfaced this week as FitzGerald chose the Cincinnati lawmaker for the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

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