Wednesday, December 4, 2013

FitzGerald running mate Eric Kearney on hook for more than $825,000 in unpaid taxes and penalties

Eric Kearney, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor facing scrutiny over his personal and business finances, revealed Wednesday that he, his wife and their publishing company owe more than $825,000 in late federal and state taxes.

The disclosure followed nearly two weeks of questions that have overshadowed gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald's introduction of Kearney as his running mate. And it came during a 95-minute teleconference with reporters in which Kearney repeatedly stressed that he was offering an "unprecedented" peek into a politician's money matters.

The session kept alive doubt about how thoroughly FitzGerald and his campaign vetted the Ohio Senate minority leader from Cincinnati. Kearney said FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, was fully aware of his financial difficulties before selecting him. But the campaign, until Wednesday, had been unable to pin an exact dollar amount on the debt.

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