COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - Democratic gubernatorial nominee and current Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald held an unscheduled news conference in Columbus Friday afternoon and canceled campaign stops in Dayton and Columbus.
The news conference was at FOP State Headquarters.
This was in response to an incident in Westlake from two years ago, where police found FitzGerald and another woman in a car in a vacant parking lot at 4:30 a.m.
Ed and Shannon FitzGerald released the following joint statement:
"We are extremely disappointed at the personal attacks being levied against our family. And equally upset that our friends in Ireland are being unjustly dragged into this negative campaign. We are confident that this attack will be exposed for what it is - untrue and opportunistic - and, hope that we can quickly move onto the discussion of what is best for Ohio's families. We're extremely proud of our family, and the support system we've provided to one another for the last 23 years. No matter what happens in this campaign or in November, that will never change."
FitzGerald will face current Ohio Governor John Kasich this November.
When deciding to run, FitzGerald highlighted his lifelong commitment to public service and touted his credentials as an FBI special agent, an Assistant County Prosecutor, the Mayor of Lakewood and Cuyahoga County's first County Executive.