McGinty, O'Malley go head to head over prosecutor job

Two candidates battle over prosecutor job

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The only two candidates vying for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor job took the stage at the City Club Tuesday to debate.

Incumbent, Tim McGinty is running for re-election. He's going up against Michael O'Malley, who serves as Parma's safety director.

In his opening remarks Michael O'Malley says, "I do not believe we could be any more different."

The two candidates sparred over who will be the better prosecutor.

Mike O'Malley also says the county deserves a prosecutor with the right temperament.

"Citizens should look for an individual who is calm, and composed, who is ethical treats all citizens in the appropriate manner.  A good prosecutor pursues justice first and foremost."

Current prosecutor, Tim McGinty, who's running for re-election says he has reformed the office to be more efficient.

"We now run the prosecutor's office like a business. Our only product is justice. We've eliminated politics and patronage."

Mike O'Malley accused McGinty of conflicts of interest in recent high profile cases and says that all excessive use of force by police should be turned over to the Ohio Attorney General's office.

McGinty has turned the Tanesha Anderson case over to the AG's office because he says the sheriff department found a conflict of interest with his office handling the case in which police are again accused of using deadly and excessive force.
McGinty says his office is more than diverse than Bill Mason's was and he also claimed credit for easing a backlog of rape cases.

"We took a huge backlog of ignored rape kits and on our way to solving thousands of forgotten rapes with a 90-percent conviction rate with an average sentence of 10 years."

But his opponent O'Malley says that rape kits are sent directly to the state from the Cleveland Police department, not from the prosecutor's office.  Neither received the endorsement of the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association.

Reporter Harry Boomer asked McGinty, "are you disappointed that the CPPA didn't endorse you or Mr. O'Malley? No, I was not expecting it from my previous indictments of police officers."

O'Malley also responded to not getting the CPPA endorsement.

"What they do is fine with me. They've got their own issues. I've got to deal with mine.  It's not a big deal to me at all."
The primary election to help decide who will be Cuyahoga County prosecutor in March 15.

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