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North Olmsted Mayor Slams Congressional Opponent

Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 5:30 PM

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North Olmsted mayor Thomas O'Grady, one of four Democrats hoping to unseat Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich in next Tuesday's primary, says there's a big problem in the 10th district race, but it isn't the front-running incumbent. ideastream politics reporter Kymberli Hagelberg has more.

In an interview on 90.3 Thursday, suburban mayor Thomas O’Grady slammed Joe Cimperman, saying the Cleveland City Councilman doesn’t have mayoral, international or diplomatic experience necessary for the job in Congress. 

O’Grady: “Joe is just not qualified to be in this race, and it’s been a distraction, and without Joe in this race I could have been very successful, I believe.”

O’Grady is a decorated army veteran with overseas and diplomatic experience. He says opponents Rosemary Palmer and Barbara Anne Ferris are all better qualified than Cimperman.

O’Grady met with Cimperman in December to discuss whether one of them should sit out the race, but neither did.

Cimperman has the endorsement of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Mayor Frank Jackson.  Kucinich is backed by the local AFL-CIO and the county democratic party. In a poll released Wednesday, Kucinich led with 55 percent of likely democratic voters supporting him. Cimperman was next with 29 percent.

Kymberli Hagelberg, 90.3

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