Ed Fitzgerald, Ohio gubernatorial candidate, (center front) enjoys a laugh at the Ashtabula County Fair Market Animal Sale on Saturday Aug. 9, 2014, afternoon in Jefferson, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ashtabula Star Beacon, Warren Dillaway)
COLUMBUS — The Democratic candidate for governor has asked the Ohio Supreme Court to toss out a Republican lawsuit trying to force him to release key-card data showing when he enters and leaves county buildings and parking facilities as the Cuyahoga County executive.
Attorneys for Ed FitzGerald say the lawsuit should be rejected on technical grounds because a supporting document wasn’t filed.
The request filed today also says the Ohio Republican Party was already informed that FitzGerald’s key-card data would not be released for security reasons.
Democrats have suggested FitzGerald’s refusal to provide the records is similar to a decision by the administration of his GOP opponent. Gov. John Kasich’s administration has sought to block release of records detailing threats against the governor, because both involve a government leader’s security.