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Democratic candidate for Ohio governor donates Mayor McNally contribution to charity

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The corruption indictment of Youngstown Mayor John McNally briefly turned into a political issue in the race for Ohio Governor.

Mayor McNally is one of three people named in an 83 count indictment which includes allegations of bribery, perjury and illicit campaign contributions.

On Friday, the Ohio Republican Party issued a news release calling on Democratic nominee for governor, Ed Fitzgerald, to return $1,000 that the McNally for Mayor campaign donated to Fitzgerald's gubernatorial campaign in January.

"It's time for Fitzgerald to be held to the same standard that he holds others to," said Ohio Republican Party spokesman Chris Schrimpf. "There's nothing worse than a hypocrite in politics. Fitzgerald has already proven to be one on transparency, now we'll see if he continues his trend by keeping corrupt contributions."

 Fitzgerald Press Secretary, Lauren Hitt says the campaign has donated Mayor's McNally contribution to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.  Hitt claims that they began the process of transferring that donation on Wednesday, the day the indictments were handed up.

Meanwhile, Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras had more to say about the indictments of McNally and County Auditor Mike Sciortino, both of whom are democrats.

Speaking Friday morning on WFMJ Today, Betras said the indictments makes for a "sad day for the Valley.".

He added that everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

"I did read this indictment, and I compared it to the last indictment. Many of the allegations are the same and there are a lot of new things and new angles with it so we'll just have to see how this plays out in court.", said Betras.

While Betras says he saw new information in Wednesday's indictments, Mayor McNally and Auditor Sciortino say it's merely a repeat of the 2010 case which was dismissed.

You can find more about the indictments by following this link.

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