Ohio Democrat gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald - in St. Clairsville Thursday - criticized Gov. John Kasich's silence on the potential shutdown of Ormet Corp.
The company is seeking a rate break from American Electric Power, saying it cannot continue to operate without a discount.
FitzGerald was the keynote speaker at the Belmont County Democrat Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at Undo's West.
"There's 1,000 jobs on the line, and you know what Gov. Kasich has said about it?" he asked. "Absolutely nothing. There's 1,000 good-paying, living-wage jobs on the line, and he is quiet as a church mouse about it. We have governors that couldn't sleep at night if they knew 1,000 jobs were on the line, and he's being quiet about it."
FitzGerald wondered if Kasich would be silent if the workers were contributors to the Republican party.
FitzGerald, 45, serves as the elected county executive for Cuyahoga County and was mayor of Lakewood, Ohio. He holds a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.
FitzGerald in 1995 went to work as a special agent with the FBI and was assigned to the agency's Organized Crime Task Force in Chicago. He investigated political corruption and organized crime in Illinois.
Also speaking at the dinner were Jennifer Garrison, candidate for Ohio's 6th District U.S. House seat in 2014, and John Carney, candidate for Ohio auditor.
The event began with a moment of silence for former Congressman Charles Wilson, who died April 14 of complications from a stroke.
Those present also honored two elected officials who retired this year - Common Pleas Court Judge Jennifer Sargus and County Treasurer Joe Gaudio. Neither Sargus nor Gaudio attended the event.