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Columnist married to US senator quits Ohio paper
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist quits Ohio paper as husband seeks re-election to US Senate
By The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) ' Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz has resigned from The Plain Dealer in Cleveland to avoid ethical conflicts as her husband prepares to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate next year.

Schultz outlined her reasons in a letter to colleagues posted on the newspaper's website Monday. She is married to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown.

She says it's become "painfully clear" to her in recent weeks that she can only maintain her professional and personal independence if she's no longer writing for the newspaper covering Brown's Senate race.

Schultz apologized in early September for her column about a tea party event featuring a potential Republican challenger to Brown, state Treasurer Josh Mandel. She said not mentioning Mandel's appearance at the event was a mistake.

Schultz won a Pulitzer for commentary in 2005.

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