Ohio police caught Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald driving a woman around at 4:30 in the morning without a license two years ago, and FitzGerald now calls the incident "a silly mistake."
FitzGerald's license had been expired for five years.
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"I was not, uh, as attentive to that as I should have been," FitzGerald now says. "And that is my mistake."
Police found FitzGerald and the female passenger, who was not his wife, talking in an empty parking lot.
"I let my driver's license expire," he admitted to NBC 4. "I did, I sure did."
"For five years?" the anchor exclaimed.
"That was a silly mistake on my part," FitzGerald told her.
FitzGerald downplayed the matter's significance, saying he hoped it wouldn't "distract us from have a discussion about the important issues."
"I know that I'm in a business where people take any mistake that you make and magnify it, and we're going to go through a few days of that, and then I hope we can talk about issues that are important to families in Ohio."