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FitzGerald's Unforgivable Hypocrisy

RNC Communications - April 23, 2014

More ‘unforgivable’ hypocrisy from Democrats on equal pay, this time from the floundering Democrat Gubernatorial ticket in Ohio.  Another example of do as I say not as I do, where Ed FitzGerald and his running mate Sharen Neuhardt have tried to trumpet equal pay despite significant pay gaps in FitzGerald’s own office.  While the wage gap has gone down under Kasich’s watch, Cuyahoga County’s gap is three times the state of Ohio’s.  Curious to know if Neuhardt thinks FitzGerald’s own pay disparity is ‘unforgivable’ as well, but we’re not holding our breath for answers. 

Perhaps it’s time for Ed FitzGerald/Neuhardt to do a little more explaining and a little less finger pointing on this issue. 

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald Has Claimed To Care About Pay Equity Issues, Stating Ohioans Are “Waiting For A Governor Who Cares About These Issues.” “Gov. John Kasich has proposed more state income-tax cuts that help wealthy Ohioans over those earning lower incomes, says Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald. He says Kasich should be promoting measures to cut the pay inequity between men and women doing comparable work. ‘The women of Ohio are waiting for a governor who cares about these issues,’ FitzGerald said yesterday during a news conference at the Ohio Democratic Party’s headquarters.” (Darrel Rowland, “FitzGerald Highlights Ohio Pay Inequity,” The Columbus Dispatch, 3/20/14)

  • FitzGerald’s running mate has also claimed that this is an important issue for their campaign.   “I want to really emphasize pay equality is always an important issue,” Neuhardt said.(Anthony Skeens, Lt. Gov. Candidate Blasts Kasich Tax Cut Proposal, City Beat, 3/18/14)
    • Even stating that pay disparity is “unforgivable.” (Darrel Rowland, “FitzGerald Highlights Ohio Pay Inequity,” The Columbus Dispatch, 3/20/14)

REALITY CHECK: But A Recent Analysis Found That FitzGerald’s Hypocritical Attacks Are Nothing But Empty Rhetoric And His Own Office Has A Significant Gender Gap For Women

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald Employs 17 Men And Only 8 Women – The Women Earn On Average $7.02 An Hour Less Than The Men. “FitzGerald employs a staff of 25, including 17 men who earn on average $7.02 an hour more than the eight women in the office, according to data provided by FitzGerald's office. Cuyahoga County employs 4,558 workers, 57 percent of whom are women. Countywide, the gender pay gap is $2.29 an hour.” (Laura A. Bischoff, “Officials' Gender Pay Gaps Widen,” Dayton Daily News, 4/20/14)

  • FitzGerald’s Pay Gap Is Significantly Larger Than Gov. John Kasich’s Administration and is “High When Compared To The Offices Of The State Auditor, Secretary Of State, Treasurer And Attorney General.” “Kasich's likely Democratic opponent in the November election, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, has a gender pay gap of $7.02 an hour between men and women in his office, which is high when compared to the offices of the state auditor, secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general.” (Laura A. Bischoff, “Officials' Gender Pay Gaps Widen,” Dayton Daily News, 4/20/14)

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