COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ed FitzGerald is already offering up his views on the State of the State Address Gov. John Kasich plans to deliver Monday evening in Medina.
Talking with reporters Friday, FitzGerald said jobs will be a major topic in the campaign, but Kasich's policies clearly aren't working.
"Where is the evidence that the tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefited the wealthiest people in the state have been working in terms of job creation?," said FitzGerald.
He blasted Kasich's labeling of the Ohio economy the "Ohio Miracle."
"He has that view because he's not in touch with the actual reality that most of the people in Ohio are living with," FitzGerald said, pointing out that while Cuyahoga County has a lower unemployment rate than both the nation and the state, he wouldn't use the word "miracle."
The latest Quinnipiac Poll found FitzGerald within 5 points of Kasich in a head-to-head race. This despite the fact that the majority of Ohioans say they don't know enough about the Democrat to form an opinion of him.
"I would rather be at 38 percent of the vote and have most people not know who I am yet then have the vast majority of people know who I am like they know Governor Kasich and most of them saying we don't want him anymore."
FitzGerald also said that if elected, he could put his plans in place without raising taxes. He said one thing he wouldn't have done is balance the state's budget on the backs of local governments.
"I don't consider that to be fiscally responsible or fiscally conservative," he said.
Cuyahoga County could also line up to file a lawsuit over two elections-related bills approved this week by the General Assembly. One mandates that only the Secretary of State can mail out unsolicited absentee ballot applications while the other shortens early voting by a week. FitzGerald thinks Kasich should veto both and tell lawmakers to focus on jobs.
"There's over 400,000 people out of work in Ohio. We were 45th in the nation in job creation recently. That's what the focus should be on," he said.
FitzGerald plans a statewide tour over the weekend in what he's dubbing the "Real State of the State."
Kasich will deliver his annual State of the State Address Monday at 7 p.m. from Medina. It's the third time he's moved the speech from the Ohio Statehouse.