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PolitiFact: Ed FitzGerald 'Mostly False' in First Obama Supporter Claim

Potential candidate for Ohio governor, FitzGerald told a group of college students he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Obama.

As Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald travels the state rallying support for his possible run for Ohio governor, he's been attracting the attention of the folks at Politifact Ohio.

Recently, they checked out a claim published late last month by the Cincinnati Enquirer that FitzGerald, the former mayor of Lakewood, said he was the first Cuyahoga County official to endorse Barack Obama for president. 

Politifact Ohio called that claim mostly false. They weren't able to prove that he wasn't the first, but neither was FitzGerald. 

Does this mean anything to you in deciding whether you think FitzGerald has a shot at the governor's seat? Let us know what you think. 

Phrank Phlat February 15, 2013 at 01:47 PM
This has a negative impact on my decision for governor. I am an ardent Obama supporter. But this is grandstanding and lying. Politicians do both and often, but the one that lies the least gets my vote. This particular lie has little impact on important issues; as such, the negative impact on my decision is minor.
Stu Mahaffey February 16, 2013 at 01:44 PM
""They weren't able to prove that he wasn't the first," That is some impressive fact checking. (sarcasm)

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