By Marilyn Miller
Beacon Journal staff writer
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS: Republican candidate Tom Ganley, who is running for the 13th District congressional seat, on Friday accused his opponent, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, of derailing his campaign and ruining his reputation.
Ganley called a news conference at his campaign headquarters and appeared with his wife, Lois, and son, Bob. He read from a one-page statement.
''I have reason to believe the vile lies against me have been carefully orchestrated by Betty Sutton, the Ohio Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. I will be meeting with my attorneys this weekend to see if legal action can be filed for the Democrats' efforts to derail my campaign and ruin my reputation.''
The news conference lasted less than 10 minutes.
Ganley did not give any details of the allegations and took no questions.
His campaign's communications director, Meghan Snyder,said, ''his attorneys have advised him to take no further questions.''
Messages left on the cell phone of Ganley's attorney, Brent Buckley, were not returned.
Sutton's office said it had received a copy of Ganley's speech and responded, ''There's only one person who derailed Tom Ganley's campaign and ruined his reputation: Tom Ganley,'' campaign spokeswoman Gwen Rocco said. ''Instead of lobbing false allegations, he should apologize to anyone he and his business mistreated.''