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Kearney: 'I Don't Want To Be A Distraction'

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Less than a week after vowing to stay in the race, Ohio Senator Eric Kearney said in an emailed statement he is removing himself as the running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Less than a week after vowing to stay in the race, Ohio Sen. Eric Kearney said in an emailed statement he is removing himself as the running mate for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald.

"I don't want to be a distraction," Kearney told Ohio Public Radio member station WVXU in Cincinnati. "I don't want our business, the Cincinnati Herald, to be the focus of the campaign. Rather I want issues, so that's why I made the decision."

Kearney admitted to reporters last week he owes nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in unpaid state and federal taxes.The former minority leader and owner of the Cincinnati Herald blames a downturn in the newspaper industry for his financial troubles as well as a former employee Kearney says stole money.

Kearney says he will now focus on serving the people of the ninth district.

"I will continue to serve in the Ohio Senate, and enjoy the work that I do there," he said. "And hopefully push some of the issues I've been working on, like children's health issues, to the forefront."

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