CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Embattled County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is back in business - or is at least trying to play the part.
Dimora - who is at center stage of the sweeping FBI corruption probe - attended today's regularly scheduled Cuyahoga County Commissioner's meeting before calling for an impromptu news conference.
Dimora read from a two-page statement after this morning's meeting wrapped where he - once again - proclaimed his innocence. He says he won't step down from his elected position because he's done nothing wrong.
"I feel very confident I've done nothing wrong and that I am innocent," Dimora said, "And that is why I'm going to continue on. And I'm not running. I'm not hiding.
He claims others are lying and that he is the target of the GOP. [Read the REPORT in which Democrats are allegedly targeted] Dimora also blasted the Plain Dealer and other reporters who he feels are against him.
Dimora skipped out on last week's meeting after the FBI released scathing details about bribes - money and favors he may have taken from friends in return for lucrative county contracts.
In his absence, Commissioners Tim Hagan and Peter Lawson Jones asked Dimora to take a 60-day leave of absence. Dimora refused to do so.
Dimora has not yet been charged with any criminal wrongdoing at this time.