Ed FitzGerald’s driving history comes under fire

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CLEVELAND -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate and current Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald’s driving record is coming under fire.

The FOX 8 I-Team tried to reach FitzGerald numerous times Tuesday, going to his home and his office, but were denied at every turn.

A spokesman with his campaign said FitzGerald knows he made a mistake and he is sorry. The spokesman would not elaborate.

Turns out FitzGerald only had a temporary learner’s permit when he was mayor in Lakewood and was driving a city vehicle.

Ohio law requires temporary permit drivers to have a licensed driver next to them when they are behind the wheel at all times.

Records with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles show that FitzGerald had a temporary permit from 2008 until November of 2012, when he got a driver’s license.

Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler said city records show FitzGerald was reimbursed for driving his own vehicle in 2008 and that he began using a city vehicle in 2009.

Records show he refueled two city vehicles during the time he was mayor. It is not known if he had a licensed driver with him while driving the city vehicle, as required by law.

FOX 8’s I-Team asked for county records to find out if FitzGerald used a county vehicle in 2011 or 2012 but we couldn’t get a response from anyone.

After we made numerous requests for records, we went to the county building hoping to get to view the records.

Security officials at the Cuyahoga County building, however, told us everyone we asked to talk to was busy, and we were not allowed to wait inside the public facility.

We asked a spokesman with the county why we were not allowed to wait and he responded that he can’t talk about security measures. He said we need to contact him first for interviews or documents, and that is something we did do.

The new information on FitzGerald’s driving record, comes in the wake of questions surrounding his actions back in October 2012 when he was stopped in a parking lot by Westlake police at 4:30 a.m.

He was driving with only a temporary permit. He said he was bringing a woman, who was part of a trade delegation from Ireland, back to her hotel. It’s not known if once he dropped her off, if someone else got in the car to drive with him back home, which is what is required by law.

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