Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tom Ganley Facing Another Lawsuit

Posted By on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Everyone wants a piece of Tom Ganley.
  • Everyone wants a piece of Tom Ganley.

It’s been a painful stretch run on the campaign trail for car dealer Tom Ganley, who is vying to unseat Betty Sutton in Ohio’s House of Representatives.

It started when news broke of a lawsuit filed several weeks ago by a former Ganley supporter. Robin Cupredo Saccany, who volunteered for Ganley’s congressional campaign because of his opposition to abortion, now accuses him of offering to parade her around on a leash and have sex with her in front of his friends, two pastimes not traditionally associated with the pro-life set.

Now it appears Saccany isn’t the only former associate who wants a piece of Ganley.

Russell Harris served as the attorney for Ganley’s network of car dealerships from 1982 until Ganley fired him in June. Harris has now filed suit in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court, claiming, among other things, that his termination was “intentional, willful, reckless, and malicious,” according to the complaint. Harris had been representing Ganley in arbitration against Chrysler earlier this year. An arbitrator suspended the hearing, apparently over a question as to whether Ganley’s testimony was truthful. That led to a run-in between Harris and Ganley.

The exact nature of the dispute is unclear because the full complaint is currently under seal, based on Ganley’s claim that it contains exchanges between himself and Harris that are protected by their former client/attorney relationship. (Calls to Ganley’s office were not returned.)

But when asked directly if the dispute involved possible perjury by Ganley, Harris’ attorney, Andrew Kabat, responded in perfect lawyerese: “I can’t confirm or deny that because of the material nature of the testimony. It’s interesting you would say that. You seem like an intelligent person.”

Kabat rejects the contention that the case should remain hidden from public view. He has filed to have it unsealed and is optimistic that Judge Brendan Sheehan will decide on that within the next couple of weeks — on the eve of Election Day, conveniently enough.

“Not only do I think it’s a matter to be made public because of his ethics to run for office, but keeping it under seal impedes my ability to conduct discovery,” says Kabat.

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