Green Party candidate for Cuyahoga County Executive David Ellison recently led a protest, also attended by Green candidate for County Council Alan Crossman and a Democratic candidate, calling for the resignation of the county’s auditor. The auditor, Frank Russo, is currently being investigated by federal officials in a corruption probe. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
We’re adding our names to the people asking for his resignation,” said David Ellison, the Green executive hopeful who assembled about 15 people and his dog for the afternoon demonstration outside the County Administration Building. “Regardless of if he is innocent or guilty, there is nothing good that could come from him remaining in office.”
Russo and Commissioner Jimmy Dimora are at the center of an ongoing federal probe of corruption in county government. Neither Democrat has been charged, and each maintains his innocence. More than 30 others have pleaded guilty to corruption-related crimes…
Alan Crossman and Timothy Trogdon, two candidates for a new County Council, also participated. Crossman is a Green running in District 3, Trogdon a Democrat in District 7. Ellison said he invited all candidates for council seats, but not for executive, to attend the protest.