Tom Ganley Takes Down the Cleveland Mob
My friend & VRWC-mentor Matt Lewis has a fantastic piece about Tom Ganley, who, on top of building a successful business in an area run by big-government liberal gangsters, was almost killed by the mafia:
Reporters who cover political campaigns get to meet all sorts of interesting candidates. Some are celebrities, or former football stars, or even fighter pilots. But Tom Ganley, the Republican nominee for Congress in Ohio’s 13th District, has a story that even the most hard-to-impress reporter might find interesting. He helped take down the Mafia in Cleveland.
Aside from running for Congress (he’s challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton), Ganley is the largest car dealer in Ohio, and owns insurance agencies, real estate companies and the largest independently owned finance company in the state.
Ganley, who started out as a car salesman, became extremely wealthy, which made him a prime target of the mob.
Frankly, Ganley’s amazing story has all the ingredients of a Hollywood movie (starring, perhaps, Matt Damon?).
And this is how he tells it:
In the early 1980s, Carl LaCava — who worked for a group that helped ex-servicemen find jobs — met with Ganley in his Ohio office. He was hoping to persuade Ganley, who then owned one car dealership, to hire one of his clients. During the meeting, LaCava casually mentioned he had just met with the owner of A.D. Pelunis Oldsmobile in Lakewood, a Cleveland suburb, and that the dealership was for sale. He suggested that Ganley try to buy it. Ganley took his idea seriously, and six months later, he made the purchase. That’s when things got weird. One day Ganley received an invoice from LaCava for a $500,000 “finder’s fee.”
Read the rest here.