Friday, Dec 02, 2016
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

Politics

Ohio U.S. House hopeful: getting endorsement of former top Romanian spy

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A U.S. House hopeful says a former top Romanian spy who defected to the United States in the 1970s has endorsed him in a closely watched northeast Ohio race.

The campaign of Paul Schiffer said Monday that Ion Pacepa is backing the Republican in this year's election because he believes Democrats are turning America into a socialist dictatorship like the one he escaped.

Pacepa was deputy head of foreign intelligence under Nicolae Ceausescu when he defected in 1978. The move delivered a blow to the communist regime's Securitate secret police. He could not be reached to independently verify the endorsement.

Schiffer, of Canton, is among challengers lining up against incumbent U.S. Rep. John Boccieri, a Democrat from the Youngstown area. Former U.S. Rep. Jim Traficant, recently released from prison, is also considering a run.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…