Neighborhood newspaper or political publication? ‘Looks like some sort of weird political thing’

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Is it a neighborhood newspaper or a political publication?

Literature is popping up in at least two Cuyahoga County communities, that some say look like newsletters, but sound like campaign brochures.

Fox 8 has learned they appear to be connected to a former county official.

"I'm not sure what that is...yeah, that doesn't look like a newspaper," said two people who saw the paper.

People who live in Brooklyn are among residents in several Cuyahoga County communities to receive literature in the mail.  Residents in Lakewood received a similar publication too.

"It looks like some sort of weird political thing, that people propaganda," guessed one person.

One paper is the Brooklyn Neighborhood News-- news and information for the Brooklyn Community.

Fox 8 checked out the website associated with the paper and found out that it is tied to former Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald.

The "top story" is “Scott Claussen gaining momentum.”  Claussen is the current Brooklyn law director who is running for mayor.  On Monday, Fox 8 got exclusive video of police arresting him at a location in Seven Hills.  They say an undercover agent, posing as a postal carrier delivered more than 150 oxycodone pills.  The paper was apparently written before the arrest.

"I really don't care. I'm not into politics, seems like no matter what we go...Democrat, Republican, Independent, they all end up doing the same thing to me," said another person.

We were unable to reach FitzGerald for comment.  Will residents look at this as media or politics?  Many people we spoke to say they wouldn't even have a chance to decide.


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