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Dem vying for Ohio lt. gov to hold call on taxes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Democrat vying to be Ohio's lieutenant governor plans to take questions from reporters amid recent reports that he owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal and state tax liens.

News of the debts emerged just days after Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Executive Ed FitzGerald selected state Sen. Eric Kearney (KUHR'-nee) as his running mate. It has complicated his party's hopes of unseating Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) next year.

FitzGerald has defended Kearney, saying the financial challenges are related to the state lawmaker's struggling small business, which is a publisher of the Cincinnati Herald.

According to a news release from the Democrats' campaign, Kearney has scheduled a conference call with reporters Wednesday to provide an update into the finances of his family's company.

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