Pulitzer Winning Columnist Connie Schultz, The Wife Of U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown, Resigns From Plain Dealer

Submitted by JournalistKathy... on Tue, 09/20/2011 - 18:04.

 Connie Schultz

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor of The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog. Com(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)
Pulitzer prize winning Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnist Connie Schultz, the wife of Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, resigned yesterday, sparking a firestorm of discussion from nearly 300 bloggers commenting on her departure at the newspaper's online venue of Cleveland.com in a matter of hours to media outlets throughout the country, including the Huffington Post.

A liberal and principled journalist, Schultz met Pulitzer fame in 2005 with a story about a Black man named Michael Green who spent 13 years in prison on a false rape complaint by a blond blued-eyed White woman who later recanted. Green forgave her, with the true rapist coming forward after reading the story and agreeing to prison because of guilt feelings, even though the statute of limitations for prosecution had run.

Schultz said she made the decision to quit in good faith.

"In recent weeks it has become painfully clear that my independence, professionally and personally is possible only if I'm no longer writing for the newspaper that covers my husband's senate race on a daily basis. It's time to move on," she wrote in an email to colleagues.

A writer for the newspaper for 18 years who has written two books, including one titled "His Lovely Wife: A Memoir From The Woman Behind The Man" that details her experiences as the wife of a U.S. Senator, Schultz, 54, exits as Brown prepares for a battle for his seat next year against Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. She battled criticism by Tea Party affiliates and ultra-conservative national media personality Glenn Beck for failing to mention in a column this month that Mandel was present at a Tea Party event that she covered, though others, including Democratic strongholds, came to her defense.

Plain Dealer editor Debra Adams Simmons, who is Black and has increased Black writers at the newspaper since replacing former editor Susan Goldberg in 2010, told the Huffington Post that Schultz is one of the most talented writers in Plain Dealer history and will be missed, comments that have raised speculation on whether Schultz will return after next year's U.S. Senate election. She resigned when Brown sought the seat in 2006, but came back after his victory.

With conservative Plain Dealer Columnist Phillip Morris on leave until next spring on a Knight-Wallace fellowship at the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Plain Dealer now has no Black columnists, though covering the news in a predominantly Black major metropolitan city.

Journalist and Community Activist Kathy Wray Coleman can be reached at 216-932-3114 and ktcoleman8 [at] aol [dot] com

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Maybe she'll go work on her husband's campaign....



Top 5 Contributors, 2005-2010, Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC

Contributor Total Indivs PACs
GOJO Industries $67,550 $67,550 $0
Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz $62,000 $62,000 $0
Deloitte LLP $53,410 $11,910 $41,500
Council for a Livable World $48,569 $42,020 $6,549
Forest City Enterprises $47,550 $47,550 $0

Top 5 Industries, 2005-2010, Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC

Industry Total Indivs PACs
Lawyers/Law Firms $1,649,970 $1,486,314 $163,656
Health Professionals $886,241 $379,202 $507,039
Retired $779,171 $779,171 $0
Real Estate $431,957 $351,550 $80,407
Securities & Investment $352,805 $319,805 $33,000


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Interesting Facts about Sherrod Brown TOP 20 Contributors

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Top 20 Contributors to Campaign Cmte and Leadership PAC

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1 GOJO Industries       $67,550 $67,550 $0
2 Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz       $62,000 $62,000 $0
3 Deloitte LLP $53,410 $11,910 $41,500
4 Council for a Livable World     $48,569 $42,020 $6,549
5 Forest City Enterprises     $47,550 $47,550 $0
6 United Steelworkers   $47,350 $2,350 $45,000
7 American Electric Power   $47,050 $39,050 $8,000
8 Goldman Sachs   $46,800 $46,800 $0
9 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey     $45,650 $41,650 $4,000
10 Chavez Properties       $45,000 $45,000 $0
11 Vorys, Sater et al     $42,727 $28,727 $14,000
12 Baker & Hostetler   $42,006 $21,350 $20,656
13 United Food & Commercial Workers Union     $41,500 $500 $41,000
14 Murray & Murray       $37,827 $37,827 $0
15 Human Rights Campaign     $37,172 $27,300 $9,872
16 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers     $36,500 $500 $36,000
17 Sheet Metal Workers Union     $35,000 $0 $35,000
18 Challenger Co       $34,600 $34,600 $0
19 North Ohio Heart Center       $34,200 $34,200 $0
20 Case Western Reserve University   $33,950 $33,950 $0

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST...no doubt...lots of lobbying info

Interesting website that shares lots of public lobbying info...exceptional details available for free....exciting...


Total Lobbying Income: $1,205,000

Groups That Have Retained Squire, Sanders & Dempsey: Client Total Subsidiary (Lobbied For) Industry
American Engineering & Manufacturing Inc $120,000 - Misc Defense
Cavel International $0 - Health Services
Center for Families & Children $40,000 - Non-Profits
Chahine, Hicham S $0 - Accountants
Cincinnati State Tech & Comm College $90,000 - Education
Coalition Against Organized Retail Crime $70,000 - Retail Sales
Cuyahoga County, OH $120,000 Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners Civil Servants
DoubleRadius $0 - Unknown Business
Enterprise Information Management $30,000 - Computers/Internet
Human Rights at Home Campaign $60,000 - Unknown Business
John T O'Rourke Cltn/Protect Interstate $100,000 - Lawyers/Law Firms
Limited Brands $80,000 - Retail Sales
National Cotton Council $120,000 - Crop Production
Nationwide Mutual Insurance $120,000 - Insurance
Parkwood Corp $70,000 - Securities/Invest
PDX $100,000 - Health Services
Poker Players Alliance $65,000 - Casinos/Gambling
Shower Door Manufacturers Alliance $20,000 - Unknown Business
US Assn of Importers of Textiles/Apparel $0 - Misc Mfg/Distrib




Cuyahoga County, OH

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Total Lobbying Expenditures: $320,000
Subtotal for Subsidiary Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners: $320,000

Cuyahoga County, OH Lobbying by Industry Industry Total


Lobbying Expenses Reported by Subsidiary Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners Firms Hired Total Reported by Filer Reported Contract Expenses (included in Total Reported by Filer)
Mathna, Margaret   $80,000
Normandy Group   $120,000
Squire, Sanders & Dempsey   $120,000


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upmost respect for connie schultz

 I have great respect for Ms. Schultz. That is based on years of reading her, and not on her husband's accomplishments. Women have fought for years to be judged on their own merits, not on that of their spouses.



Connie lost it awhile back--her starry eyed wonder for her husband is too much--overlooking Sherrod Brown's brother relation to big Coal in Ohio--rendered her unconscious:

Coal=Jobs in Ohio

I disagree McShane,

Perhaps even Mr. Brown realizes the Coal industry generates an unprecidented number of long term, private sector jobs....Most of which are Union w/in his state of Ohio.