PD's Connie Schultz in campaign video controversy

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CLEVELAND -- Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Plain Dealer. She is also U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's wife.

She is in the middle of an Internet controversy because someone took video of her videotaping state Treasurer Josh Mandel,  the leading Republican candidate to challenge her husband next year.

Schultz attended a Tea Party gathering at the Lake Erie Crushers' minor league baseball team's stadium in Avon.

Mandel was a featured speaker at the event.

She wrote a column about the speakers and attendees at the event. She did not mention Mandel.

On Tuesday, video appeared on various sites of her taking video of Mandel's remarks at the event.

Accompanying stories asked if she was shooting video as a Plain Dealer staffer,  representative of her husband's campaign or ordinary citizen.

Schultz e-mailed us that she will be writing about this in a column she will post on the Plain Dealer's website.  It will also appear in her Friday column, now moved to the PD's Metro Section.

Her husband told Tom Beres his wife has great integrity.

"She was not doing campaign work. Somebody that wanted to tape the speech was thrown out, probably illegally, because it's a public-funded venue. And she taped it. She didn't give it to the campaign. She's a citizen. She was there," he said.

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