Northeast Ohio Media Group withdraws endorsement over campaign funds scandal, October 28

Columbus Dispatch, October 31
The Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group editorial board – the people who refuse to explain why they took down their Kasich/FitzGerald videoare explaining why they’ve withdrawn their “glowing” Sandra Williams endorsement. The state representative has pleaded no contest and found guilty of using $2,255 in campaign funds to buy, then sell Ohio State football season tickets.

When an editorial board member questioned Williams about possible personal problems while the endorsement was still under consideration, Williams implied then that she was dealing with a minor technical error in a campaign filing.

The board is now issuing no endorsement for the Ohio State District 21 race.

Meanwhile, Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group opinion director Elizabeth Sullivan and her colleagues continue to get beat up for their silence on the video removal. On Thursday, it was the Rachel Maddow blog’s turn to kick Cleveland’s largest news organization, which has endorsed John Kasich for governor. He performed poorly in the video that the Plain Dealer/NEOMG didn’t want its readers to see.

* Sandra Williams is “a top-notch choice” for District 21 (
* Editorial board withdraws “glowing” Williams endorsement (
* Williams found guilty of profiting from football tickets (
* Hey, Crain’s, NEOMG’s Chris Quinn doesn’t return any media calls (