Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Democrats hoping to salvage 2014 are looking past Ed FitzGerald and down the statewide ballot

Publicly, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald soldiers on and tells us he has not given up on his bid to unseat Gov. John Kasich.

Behind the scenes, though, key Democratic insiders and allies have all but written FitzGerald off while looking down-ticket for a consolation prize, three sources close to the party and the campaign have told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

These sources and others – a collection of political operatives and advisers – spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid open sniping that could hurt the Democrats even more this fall.
Most agree that FitzGerald's mess is largely of his own making and that Monday's staff exodus stems from pronounced disappointments and disagreements that emerged in recent weeks amid a torrent of damaging revelations and negative publicity.

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