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Cuyahoga County’s new Democratic Party boss is calling on his two highest-profile Democrats – Commissioner Jimmy Dimora and Auditor Frank Russo — to resign immediately.

Stuart Garson, who was elected chairman in June, said the appearance of impropriety surrounding their offices continues to grow, “which has compromised the public’s trust in these officeholders and their effectiveness to carry out the duties of these offices.”

Garson said he personally told one of the two officials of his announcement, though he wouldn’t identify which one. But he said, “It didn’t go well.”

Garson said the ongoing federal public corruption investigation, which is centered on Russo and Dimora, has become a distraction to “our community, party and our candidates.”

“Notwithstanding that outcome, the resignations will allow our candidates for the new positions of county executive and council to focus on their ideas for governance, economic development and social services without any further distraction,” he said.

Garson said his call for the resignations should not be construed as “a reflection or opinion on their guilt or innocence.”

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Article courtesy cleveland.com