Ohio Republican Congressional candidate Rick Iott got kicked off of the NRCC “Young Guns” list when various media outlets began reporting on his hobby of Nazi reenacting. At the time, I noted that the GOP had no problems continuing to support candidates who had misogynist or outright abusive pasts with women.
One such candidate, also from Ohio, was Tom Ganley, running against Rep. Betty Sutton. Ganley has been accused of sexual harassment
Now the accusations are actively affecting his campaign. Via CNN:
Car dealership owner Tom Ganley, who is trying to unseat Democratic Congresswoman Betty Sutton in a northeast Ohio House race, will discontinue over-the-air television advertisements, targeting cable TV and radio in the final three weeks of the campaign, his spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.
The Ganley campaign’s Meghan Snyder told CNN the decision is to reach a “different audience,” and get away from “the cluttered field of broadcast news.”
She said the strategic change, first reported by POLITICO, to the less expensive form of advertising is “merely reallocating resources” and not connected to a lawsuit filed against Ganley alleging sexual harassment.
Synder said Ganley has seen “an overwhelming show of support” since the claims surfaced, saying the campaign “won’t be deterred by the dirty tricks.”
“Dirty tricks?” So does that mean the police are part of the trick, too? Via WKYC TV:
Cleveland police are asking to interview car dealer Tom Ganley about an alleged sexual assault first mentioned in a civil lawsuit.
Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask said police contacted Ganley’s legal team to arrange an interview.
Ganley’s attorney, Brent Buckley, says his client will cooperate with police.
Ganley’s accuser just filed a police report about an incident that allegedly happened at Ganley’s Cleveland Chevrolet dealership in the summer of 2009.
She filed a civil lawsuit about the alleged assault after mediation did not resolve the situation.
The Republicans seem to have less issues with bad behavior than they do having that behavior exposed in a national setting. Now that Ganley’s sexual issues have hit prime time, will his time on the Young Guns list be drawing to an end, too?
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