Scott Charges O'Grady Of Lying About Endorsements In Party Race

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UPDATED: Friday May 2, 2014 3:39 PM

Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott has filed a formal complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission.  He is accusing Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady, a fellow Democrat, of lying about endorsements he's received in a race for the Ohio Democratic Party Central Committee.

The lawsuit challenges claims by O'Grady on his literature that he has been endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party and the Franklin County Democratic Party.

On the back of one brochure obtained by 10TV, O'Grady lists endorsements from, among others, the Franklin County Democratic Party.

That is not true, according to Franklin County Democratic Party chairman Greg Haas.

"I want to make it clear that the FCDP has made no endorsement in the State Central Committee races," said Haas.

However, O'Grady has been endorsed by the state Democratic Party, according to spokeswoman Meredith Tucker.

O’Grady has not returned phone messages left by 10TV.

This is not the first salvo in a race for a little-known political party position.

Last month, the state Supreme Court ordered Franklin County to place Scott's name on the ballot, after a local elections board ruled that his petitions were ineligible.

This fight for a seat on the central committee is publicly exposing a rift within the Franklin County Democratic Party between Scott and O’Grady, two high profile elected officials.

Phil Rechter, spokesman for the Ohio Elections Commission, says members will decide Monday whether to make a finding for probable cause.

But, he says, it may be impossible for there to be a ruling prior to the Tuesday election. 

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